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March 11, 2015 Updates

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

March 10, 2015 Updates
March 9, 2015 Updates

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

March 6, 2015 Updates
March 1, 2015 Updates

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

February 27, 2015 Updates

Despite Madsen's enthusiasm for the numbers, one analytics official familiar with the Lakers' operation said that Madsen's work is "not well-received" by Scott and the other coaches, and that any advanced stats the Lakers are using are "really, really basic." For instance, although Scott cited how analytics revealed that Bryant's performance suffered after reaching a certain minute mark, he noted it only after Bryant was so fatigued that he had started to miss games. It wasn't long until Bryant was lost for the season to a shoulder injury. ESPN.com

February 26, 2015 Updates
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February 24, 2015 Updates

Former Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and his son, Trey, have been providing basic statistical analysis to the front office for years, but it's only recently that the Lakers have invested in an analytics department. GM Mitch Kupchak told ESPN.com that SportVU data has "changed this whole business" and that he has brought aboard a group of four employees to interpret the data. But the Lakers were slow to embrace SportVU data, not being willing to pay for the cameras before the NBA stepped up and installed them in every arena. And while Kupchak indicated most SportVU analysis is directed toward the coaching staff, with assistant coach Mark Madsen as a conduit, it's hard to find any evidence of Byron Scott putting those insights in play on the court. ESPN.com

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