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March 20, 2015 Updates

On Wednesday Scott and Nick Young went back and forth about Young’s new hairstyle, with Scott saying the ’do looked like Young had “a bunch of worms” on his head. Young fired back, saying, “People with no hair wouldn’t understand.” Scott used his pregame media availability to defend his shiny dome. “I’m bald by choice,” Scott said. “Can still grow hair, so that kind of blows his theory right out of the water.” Orange County Register

Pressed about his ability to grow hair, Scott said, “I keep it this way because I really don’t want to see how much gray I have up there. This summer sometime, since you guys are so curious, I’ll let it grow a little bit, and you’ll see the hairline and all that good stuff.” Orange County Register

March 19, 2015 Updates

Both excitement and anxiety may creep into Jabari Brown’s mind when the Lakers (13-49) host the Utah Jazz (30-36) tonight at Staples Center, which will mark the last game he will play in his first 10-day contract. But when Lakers coach Byron Scott plans to meet with general manager Mitch Kupchak after tonight’s game, it seems clear Brown will have at least one vocal supporter. “Right now, I’d like to keep him for another 10 days and see how it goes,” Scott said. “I think he’s improved from what we had in the summer time to this time right now.” It also helps that Lakers forward Nick Young will stay sidelined at least for another week after a CT scan showed a small fracture in his swollen left knee. But Scott also likes Brown’s play after averaging seven points on 60 percent shooting 20 minutes off the bench through three games with the Lakers, a stark increase when he posted a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Los Angeles Daily News

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The Lakers were officially knocked out when the New Orleans Pelicans defeated the Brooklyn Nets. They later beat the Detroit Pistons 93-85 to improve to 17-46. Their elimination marks only the seventh time in franchise history that the Lakers will miss the postseason and only the second time that they've missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons (1974-75 and 1975-76). "I don't think about that, to be honest with you," coach Byron Scott said of the Lakers' elimination. "I'm just thinking about the process of this team continuing to get better and just sticking with what we talked about on both ends of the floor. From day one to now, we've gotten better on the defensive end. That's what I've been preaching all season long, so that makes me happy. We've got to continue to do that for the next 19 games." ESPN.com

But as he continues rehabbing his surgically repaired right shoulder, Bryant will provide a more visible presence than in past months by attending the Lakers’ nine remaining home games. The reason? Bryant joked he will become “a source of comfort” for Lakers coach Byron Scott amid the persistent losing. “Everybody needs a shoulder every now and then. He gave me a shoulder my first year and I’ll give him a shoulder now,” Bryant said before the Lakers hosted Detroit on Tuesday at Staples Center. “I’m joking about it. But he’s fine. He continues to coach and preach execution.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Coach Byron Scott said he spoke with Bryant during the team's recent trip and told the 17-time All-Star he wanted to him to attend the team's home games. "I wanted him around," Scott said. "I like seeing him." Bryant, looking dapper in black slacks and a sports coat and an open-collared shirt, sat near the end of the Lakers' bench, occasionally exchanging fist bumps with teammates as they came out of the game. "It was good to see him out here. Good to see him with this teammates," Scott said of Bryant, who will get $23.5 million from the Lakers this season. "I'm sure it was good for the fans to see him as well." Los Angeles Times

March 7, 2015 Updates

“He’s not having a good year,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Young. “He’d be the first to admit that this hasn’t been the year he expected.” Young reported that trend caused plenty of Lakers fans to call him “Swagless P” on Twitter, an obvious insult to his self-given nickname “Swaggy P.” “It’s like basketball is my girlfriend and she is mad at me,” said Young, who averaged a team-leading 17.9 points on a 44 percent clip last season under Mike D’Antoni. “I came to the house too late. She kicked me out. Then I fell down the stairs and hurt my leg.” Los Angeles Daily News

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Scott acknowledges the rivalry has declined over the years, despite the teams’ meeting in the 2008 and 2010 Finals. Bryant is the lone player remaining on his team from either of those two series. “It’s probably more of a rivalry with Danny [Ainge] and me than the guys in the locker room,” Scott said. “I’m sure he’s saying if we don’t win another game this year, let’s beat them. The guys in the locker room, they probably don’t understand the history of the rivalry between these two franchises, and that’s unfortunate.” Asked whether he could coach the Celtics if the job was ever offered: “Probably not. Serious. Probably not. Coached or played for them. I couldn’t be like Rick Fox [who played for both teams].” Boston Globe

February 28, 2015 Updates

The Lakers could buy out contracts to clear up roster space either to acquire a free agent or through the Development League. But Scott said he has not had any discussions with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak. It also seems unlikely the Lakers will do that, according to a league source familiar with the situation. Los Angeles Daily News

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