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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

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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

February 23, 2015 Updates
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Instead, Scott explained that Boozer’s absence stemmed from something else. Scott wanted to play Jordan Hill off the bench after missing the previous five games because of a right hip flexor. Scott also became curious with how Hill would fare with forward Ed Davis. The pair combined for 28 points and 24 rebounds, and represented a fourth-quarter unit that nearly chipped away at the Nets’ 22-point lead. Yet, Scott suggested Boozer’s absence likely will not become prolonged. “I just told him it was something I was trying to experiment with and it didn’t go the way I expected it to go,” Scott said. “I wasn’t happy with it. It probably won’t happen again.” The same applies to Wesley Johnson, who also sat because of a coach’s decision while Ryan Kelly (12 points on 4 of 8 shooting) and Nick Young (five points on 2 of 9 shooting) played at small forward. “Wes was good, too,” Scott said. “I told him the same thing. It was something I was trying.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 21, 2015 Updates

A mark of the sign of the Lakers’ current demise that coach Byron Scott suddenly looked ahead to the team’s summer league squad in mid-February. But Scott revealed something far more notable than anything surrounding when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) at Staples Center. Scott said that Lakers rookie forward will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team. Los Angeles Daily News

The next day, Christian waived me over. “Jason, did you write my mama is 6-9?” he asked, to which I of course responded yes. “My mama’s not 6-9," he said. "My mama’s 5-9!” I was flabbergasted. “Christian,” I said. “Jeff and I went over and over this with you. We asked you five times!” He just laughed. A few minutes later I shared the entire saga with Byron Scott, who just silently shook his head. “Now you know what I’ve been dealing with all year,” he said. Akron Beacon Journal

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