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April 7, 2015 Updates

When a team is enduring a tough season, the ideal scenario would be that the players and coaches lean on each other to get through it. But Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott does not think that’s the reality on his team. After practice Monday, Scott said that a fair share of his players would turn on him if given the chance. For The Win

Scott has discovered that rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson yearns to keep learning and that there are others who are less interested in playing all out. "I got a sense of a whole lot of them I wouldn't want to be in a fox hole with," Scott said after Monday's practice. "I think they'd end up shooting me in the back. So I've got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are going to be around, that we will build around, build together in this process and go through it." Los Angeles Times

April 6, 2015 Updates

Lakers coach Byron Scott reiterated Saturday that Young needs to return with a more balanced game, one that includes passing and defense to supplement his high-volume shooting. With Young averaging 13.4 points per game this season on a career-low 36.6-percent shooting, Scott also threatened to reduce his minutes if the Lakers upgrade their roster this summer. “I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.” Los Angeles Daily News

“I’m used to it right now, hearing what Byron has to say,” said Young, who is in the first season of a four-year deal worth $21.5 million “I take it with a grain of salt.” Does Young take Scott’s words as valuable feedback? “Nah,” Young said. “I don’t know. I feel like it’s just a target toward me. It’s a little unfair. But it’s cool.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Still, Lakers coach Byron Scott tempers his praise of Clarkson, whose rapid rise has placed him in discussion for a spot on the NBA’s 2014-15 All-Rookie first team. “I still want him to continue to show me something, which he’s doing, but I don’t want to go overboard,” Scott said. “I’m sure he has very high expectations of himself, but, again, I've got to take it step-by-step. “He’s had a great rookie year. Let’s see how the summer goes and training camp goes, and let’s see how the season goes next year. I want to keep everything in perspective when it comes to Jordan Clarkson. Obviously, he’s shown that he can play in this league.” ESPN.com

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“You have a lot of free agents out there who would love to play for us. They’ve been making it pretty clear,” Scott said. “You have guys during the games come by the bench saying, ‘Hey Coach, I would love to be in L.A. next year.’ That makes you feel good there are players out there that want to be here. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re taking it in a different direction. They know this organization and the history of the organization is going to be back.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 28, 2015 Updates

The Lakers could not sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony last summer. Both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol also left in consecutive offseasons without the Lakers receiving anything in return. But Scott called those developments the “past” and exuded optimism beyond the Lakers’ usual talking points about their 16 NBA championships. “You have a lot of free agents out there who would love to play for us. They’ve been making it pretty clear,” Scott said. “You have guys during the games come by the bench saying, ‘Hey Coach, I would love to be in L.A. next year.’ That makes you feel good there are players out there that want to be here. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re taking it in a different direction. They know this organization and the history of the organization is going to be back.” Los Angeles Daily News

“The turnaround can be just as quickly here as it was in New Jersey,” Scott said. “But obviously you have to hit a home run in the free agent market and with your draft pick. We have the capability of doing that.” The Lakers could have as many as four draft picks, both in the first and second round. The Lakers will also have enough cap space to sign one marquee free agent at a max-level contract, possible candidates including Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Miami’s Goran Dragic and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo. Los Angeles Daily News

March 27, 2015 Updates

Little did they know that Byron Scott spent a whole week coaching while privately grieving his mother, Dorothy, who died March 15 at the age of 72. Lakers forward Ed Davis learned about Scott’s mother dying on Twitter. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington found out shortly before the Lakers left for their seven-day, five-game trip. Lakers assistant Paul Pressey briefly took over head-coaching duties. Scott will return when the Lakers (19-51) visit the Toronto Raptors (42-30) on Friday at Air Canada Centre after missing contests in Oklahoma City and Minnesota this week to attend his mother’s funeral services. Los Angeles Daily News

“Coach is a tough guy,” Ellington said of Scott. “He checks the personal things at the door. At the same time, it’s something that is very hard to do.” Ellington would know. He took an 11-day leave of absence after his father was shot and killed earlier this season. Although Ellington said basketball served as a refuge, he admitted his mind often wandered to his dad. Through the first week of his mother’s passing, Scott’s friendly and honest demeanor with reporters went unchanged, too. Shortly after the Lakers announced his mom’s death, Scott teared up while reflecting on her before politely ending a pregame news conference. Los Angeles Daily News

Scott expounded more on his thoughts the next day. “I know she’s in a much better place because she’s not in pain anymore. That’s one thing I have some comfort in,” Scott said. “Being with my coaching staff and the players have made it a little bit easier. But those moments that you’re alone or with your significant other, it pops in your mind.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 23, 2015 Updates

Coach Byron Scott will miss the first two games of the Los Angeles Lakers' road trip to remain in Southern California for the funeral of his mother, Dorothy. She died March 15 at age 72. Scott's plans are to rejoin the club in Toronto on Thursday, the day before the Lakers play the Raptors. Assistant coach Paul Pressey will call the shots Tuesday night at Oklahoma City and Wednesday night at Minnesota. The Lakers are the seventh team Pressey has served in this capacity, starting with the Golden State Warriors in 1992-93. USA Today Sports

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