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After resting for the past two games in a six-day span, Kobe Bryant will suit up when the Lakers (12-30) visit the New Orleans Pelicans (20-21) on Wednesday at Smoothie King Center. “He’s ready to go,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott, who still plans to restrict Bryant’s playing time between 30 to 32 minutes. Los Angeles Daily News

January 20, 2015 Updates

But with the Lakers completing just over half of the 2014-15 season, has the organization felt frustrated about Nash’s persistent absence while he remains under contract for $9.8 million? “None at all,” Scott said. “From myself and Mitch and guys that have played in this league that had to retire, you know what you go through when you retire. I don’t think any of us feel there is any type of pressure to try to bring him back anytime soon.” Los Angeles Daily News

Since then, Nash has mostly stayed distant with the Lakers. But Scott still expressed optimism Nash will mentor the team’s guards, namely rookie Jordan Clarkson. “I still haven’t given up hope on that,” Scott said. “I would still like for him to come around. If for nothing else, to talk to Jordan Clarkson and help him and tutor him a little bit. But as we’ve been talking all season long, (Nash) has to feel OK about that.” Los Angeles Daily News

January 19, 2015 Updates

Looking ahead was “part of the process,” Lakers Coach Byron Scott acknowledged Monday, mentioning team executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss. “Obviously, that’s what I’m trying to do and I know Mitch and Jim and everybody, they’re all on board with that as well. We knew this was going to be a tough year, but we also wanted some answers and the answer, especially with Kobe, is he obviously could still play at a very high level.” The goal with Bryant this season, Scott said, now is to get “as much out of him as possible but also to get him to the point where next year he can also play at that high level again and not spend everything he has this year. Because if he plays every game, that’s what he’s going to do — he’s going to go out and play the hardest that he can possibly play and then probably have to take the whole summer to try to recuperate. And that’s just not him either. He wants to continue to work to get better.” Los Angeles Times

Lakers coach Byron Scott said he's not surprised that Kobe Bryant has thought about retiring after this season even though he has one year remaining on his contract. "I'm sure it's probably crossed his mind more than once, but we haven't talked about that one bit," Scott said after the Lakers' practice at their facility here Sunday. "It's just game by game -- that's how we're going to approach it and then go from there. I think he'll probably tackle that issue once this season is all said and done." ESPN.com

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"It's tough," Scott told USA TODAY Sports about Blatt's situation after Lakers practice on Wednesday afternoon. "Players in this league tend to respect guys that they've seen who have accomplished things in this league, so that makes it a little bit more easier for myself, who has played. But I've also coached on this level as well. So yeah, a first-year coach like David, it's going to be tough. Even though you have probably the best player in the NBA on your team (LeBron James) and two other guys (Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love) who are pretty damned good too, you still have a big-time challenge." USA Today Sports

The issue was front and center on Tuesday night, when James' decision to shove his coach aside while they argued with an official couldn't have been more poorly timed even if his intent wasn't what so many assumed it to be. James said he was merely protecting his coach from getting a technical foul, and Blatt said he appreciated the gesture. "With any coach, you go into a situation like that and the first thing you have to do is earn their respect," Scott said. "And that's tough sometimes, so he's in a very unique situation because of the fact that he hasn't coached in the NBA. But he's coaching some of the biggest stars in the NBA, and there's a lot of pressure on them. Everybody damned near picked them to win the championship, so that's just that much more added pressure. ... It's a tough situation." USA Today Sports

We broke the story ... Byron filed for divorce from his college sweetheart Anita Scott last year after 29 years of marriage -- right before he signed a $17 million contract with the Lakers. But Anita says they were living large way before the Lakers gig -- and in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, she spells out why Scott needs to open up his checkbook. TMZ.com

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