Byron Scott Rumors
Nick Young will become the third Lakers player to participate in the event after Byron Scott (1987, 1988) and Michael Cooper (1987). Young didn’t miss an opportunity to take a jab at the former Lakers coach, who he frequently clashed with over playing time and public criticisms. “I might pick Cooper’s brain,” Young said of his contest preparation. “But I don’t know if Byron would tell me the right thing to do.”
“With having a coach behind me, I don’t have to look over my shoulder or worry about coming out. That plays a major part,” said the 31-year-old Young, who grew up a Lakers fan and attended championship parades while starring at Cleveland High of Reseda and USC. “It messes up with your whole cycle when you have a coach who harps on everything you do and talks so down on you. It was tough.”
Scott, who is vacationing in the Philippines, got a chance to discuss Clarkson among other topics during an appearance at the broadcast panel of the PBA’s “Manila Clasico” offering on Christmas Day. “I think Jordan has a great chance to be a great basketball player,” Scott said in a televised conversation with Sev Sarmenta, Quinito Henson, and Dominic Uy. “One of the reasons is his work ethic.”
Lakers assistant coach Mark “Mad Dog” Madsen, notorious for physical play in his 2000-09 NBA career, was pushed on Porzingis in the workout. To put it in preschool-level terms, the workout looked a lot like Big Bird being pushed all around the court by his dinosaur-ish friend Snuffleupagus. Then-Lakers head coach Byron Scott—whose outdated mindsets have been well documented—even joked with Lakers staffers after watching Porzingis wilt with exhaustion that Scott had better get a contract extension if the club decided to draft Porzingis and wait for him to grow up.
But according to one former coach, Jackson is undermining Hornacek and should sooner fire him than continue to send out potentially conflicting messages. “If I was Jeff, I would be a little disappointed in Phil coming down and being in coaches meetings,” Byron Scott, who was fired as coach of the Lakers after last season, said on ESPN. “Not if you in there every once in a while, that’s fine. On the court advising players and things like that (I’d be disappointed). Because you might have told a player one thing and now Phil goes over there and tells him something completely different. “You hired him to be your coach, let him be your coach. Kind of stay out a little bit. If you want to coach, fire him and take over like you did Derek Fisher. It’s really that simple. I think right now if I was Jeff, I would feel a little uncomfortable. I would feel some flames underneath my feet.”