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Part of Scott’s optimism about the Lakers’ future stems from Bryant posting a league-leading 25.8 points per game after appearing in only six contests last season with injuries to his left Achilles and left knee. Scott also believes he can convince Bryant to play beyond his contract that expires following the 2015-16 season. “We’ll talk about that. You guys have watched him play. He has a lot left in that tank,” Scott said before the Lakers (4-13) play the Washington Wizards (11-5) at Verizon Center. “If we put something together that excites him, we’ll have a real good chance of him saying he’ll play another year and give it another shot. That’s what we plan to do.” Los Angeles Daily News

But Scott said the Lakers can “absolutely” still attract free agents for reasons beyond their 16 NBA championships. Scott said he has “tremendous confidence” in Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss after having extensive talks during three formal interviews this offseason for the vacant coaching position. “I truly believe that,” Scott said. “We may be a little down this year. Next year will be better and next year will be back where we belong. It’s a process. We all have to bite the bullet a little bit and take it. But we do see the light at the end of the tunnel.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Scott talked with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak at Saturday’s practice, which elicited insight on what the Lakers will do with an injury-depleted roster. “We weren’t going to do anything anytime soon,” Scott said. “Having somebody here would negate everything we need. We need guys here for practice.” Los Angeles Daily News

Scott revealed on Sunday he and Nash have still not connected on the phone since the Lakers ruled the 40-year-old guard out for the season in late October, their conversations amounting toward nothing more than periodic text messages. But Scott hardly sounded upset over this development. “Steve’s a busy guy and I’m a busy guy as well,” Scott said. “I don’t think he misses sleep over it and I don’t miss any sleep over it. He’s a great guy and I have known for Steve for a long time. Not to have contract with one another at this particular time, to me it’s not a big deal.” Los Angeles Daily News

“We want Steve to do that on his own time frame,” Scott said about a mentorship role. “When you’re out for the season ... that’s hard to take and swallow at times. Some guys don’t come to the realization for a long time. Right now, he wants to spend time with his family and I understand. He wants to take this slow. I don’t understand the big deal about it.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Scott said he didn’t mince his words with his players Saturday. “It (porous defense) doesn’t set well with me at all,” he said. “I didn’t take it out on them this morning, but I let them know that it doesn’t set well with me. The one thing we are looking for at that end of the floor is consistency. “We talked about the effort and the effort has gotten better, but the consistency every single night we want done and it’s what I’m looking for.” Orange County Register

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Wait. A championship? "I agree," Lakers star Kobe Bryant told ESPN.com when asked about Scott's remark. Why? "Faith," Bryant continued. "The Lakers' track record. This organization is really good about turning around, period. We don't have many dry years." ESPN.com

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