HoopsHype Byron Scott rumors

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Amid Young’s playful demeanor, he has taken on a serious tone during the Lakers’ worst start in franchise history. After last week’s loss in Boston, Young abruptly walked away from a post-game interview that lasted only 45 seconds. Young also weathered frustration while missing six weeks because of a broken right thumb. “He cares about winning,” Scott said. “That’s the thing I love about him the most. He’s a player that likes to play around and have fun and practice and enjoys playing. He has a certain zest for going out there and having that competition. But when we lose games, he takes it pretty hard. That’s very important.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 13, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant’s voice reached fever pitch. He let out a string of expletives with as much volume as one of his shooting outbursts. He demeaned teammates about their talent and effort. All of which prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, so what? “That’s not the first time he has gone at those guys and it’s not the first time they’ve gone back at him,” Scott said of Bryant’s practice on Thursday that soon went viral. “It wasn’t that big of a deal. To me, it was fun.” Los Angeles Daily News

December 12, 2014 Updates

Kobe Bryant’s voice reached fever pitch. He let out a string of expletives with as much volume as one of his shooting outbursts. He demeaned teammates about their talent and effort. With the media let in to practice on Thursday to see this incidents take place, the footage soon went viral and hit the airwaves. All of which prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, so what? “It’s a practice where guys go at each other,” Scott said after morning shootaround on Friday for the Lakers’ game tonight against San Antonio at AT&T Center. “That’s not the first time he has gone at those guys and it’s not the first time they’ve gone back at him. Last night, I’m looking at ESPN and says Kobe goes off on practice. To me it wasn’t that big of a deal. To me it was fun.” Los Angeles Daily News

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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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