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September 13, 2014 Updates
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Scott plans to feature Bryant more in the post and along the elbows in a system featuring pick-and-roll sets and elements of the Princeton offense. Scott downplayed concerns over the Lakers struggling to learn that system under Mike Brown two years ago, saying his version of the Princeton offense bodes similar to the triangle system the Lakers once ran under Phil Jackson. Yet, Scott cautioned he will handle Bryant with care, including sitting him out of select practices and possibly back-to-back games. “I know how stubborn he is and he knows how stubborn I am,” Scott said. “There’s going to be times we’re butting heads. But it’s all because we want to win.” Los Angeles Daily News

What if Bryant checks himself into the game? “I might have to tackle him and hold him back,” Scott joked. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough to do that anymore. But I’ll have to get one of the coaches to come with me and grab him and hold him back. I know how competitive he is. But for me, I’m looking out for him.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 11, 2014 Updates

With the Clippers now the team to beat in Los Angeles, the rivalry between the two NBA teams at the Staples Center has started to heat up. Bringing in new head coach Byron Scott has only added more fuel to the fire in this rivalry with the three-time NBA champion clearly motivated to face the team across the hall. Scott had this to say about the Lakers-Clippers rivalry in an interview with ATVN’s Connor McGlynn: “I have a chip on my shoulder because everyone keeps saying they’re number one in Los Angeles. It’s still a purple and gold town,” said Scott. “We’re looking to make sure in the next couple of years that this rivalry is truly what it should be, which is a rivalry of two great basketball teams here in LA.” Lakers Nation

On Tuesday evening, guests at restaurant Alter Hof in Munich, were treated to a pleasant surprise as Kobe Bryant walked through. Those who recognized him were quick to share the news, a select few asked for photos. It’s hard to miss Kobe anywhere he goes, and in Munich its not much of a surprise as it once was, as Kobe has frequented the city more so in recent times, and with the same purpose. The Kobe Team

September 10, 2014 Updates

Wax museums have an air of creepiness to them because of the slight feeling in the back of all visitors’ minds that the figures look so real, they might actually be. But because it’s a wax museum and not a place where famous people actually sit or stand still for hours on end, they likely are not. Until Jeremy Lin changed everything. The Lakers guard frightened guests at the unveiling of his wax figure at Madame Tussauds San Francisco by doing exactly the kind of thing everyone has nightmares about: Coming to life when guests thought he was just a statue. For The Win

The Lakers have yet to play a game, but they are still fielding less than a fully healthy roster. In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper, Lakers coach Byron Scott said forward Xavier Henry “might be limited in training camp” because of a surgically repaired left wrist and right knee that have not fully healed. “I haven’t seen him do much on the court,” Scott said. “It’s going to be close on if he’s ready for camp.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 8, 2014 Updates

Yeah, Kobe’s his own man. We know how hard he works, we know how driven he is. But I think he’s at the point too where he’s so much more mature, and he understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years. And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined. We have to sit down before training camp and go over some things because I can’t have him going twice a day in training camp. That’s what the young guys are supposed to do. He’s been here long enough and understands his game better than anybody here, what it takes to win. I got to use that knowledge that he has as well. I’m going to treat him like he’s an assistant coach as well as a player. SCPR

Last season you were an analyst for Time Warner. Watching Laker games, analyzing them, breaking them down. They had the worst season in over 50 years in Los Angeles. What happened? Byron Scott: I just didn’t think they had an identity. I know Mike D’Antoni’s identity really is on the offensive end. In this league, obviously you got to score more points than your opponent. But you have to have some type of system on the defensive end to at least slow people down and not allow them to just score at will as well. So I thought from a defensive standpoint, is where it all kind of started. I didn’t think they players bought in on the defensive end, everybody was kind of like, ‘This is going to be offense, so I can let my guy go, and if he scores, were going to get a chance to score back on the other end.’ You can’t win championships in this league or in the NFL or in baseball by trying to outscore people on a night-to-night basis. That just doesn’t work, because that comes and goes. On the defensive end, if you have a system and the effort is there every single night, that gives you a chance to stay in the games, that gives you a chance to win at the end. So that’s what we have to implement back into our system. SCPR

You wind up playing 10 seasons with the Lakers, you win three championships. The city of Inglewood calls itself the “City of Champions” and you had a big part in that. At that point, you’re retiring or you’re not playing basketball anymore, did you think, “What else do I have to accomplish here?” Did you achieve your dreams? Byron Scott: Well I did. I was able to play in the NBA, I was able to play with my favorite team, with my favorite organization, but I think we all still look back and say, ‘Man, I got three rings, I probably should have had five.’ You know, there’s probably a couple of them that we felt we let get away. But, from the start of the whole journey to where it’s ended up, I think I was blessed to be able to achieve what I was able to achieve and play with the organization for as long as I did and win three championships. There are players who get in this league and never get to a finals, let alone win a championship. So I know I was very blessed. SCPR

There is, then, a lack of familiarity with this mixture of players that Krzyzewski wishes weren't there but certainly understands. What's more, the question of leadership and who the alpha dogs are in this group remains unanswered because, well, there aren't as many of those types as they'd expected. "Alpha dogs are Kobe Bryant, LeBron, Carmelo," Krzyzewski said. "But leaders are different, and I think with leadership you have to have experience — experience (not only) in this type of competition but also experience with me, so James and Steph have naturally done that along with Anthony because all three of them have been part of teams that I've coached and there's a familiarity there for them to know me and what we're trying to get across." USA Today Sports

"The 2001 team was probably the best," Horry said. "We went [15-1], which will never be accomplished again. You should have looked at us after we lost that first game [against the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Finals], we were so disappointed. We were so hurt that we didn't sweep everybody in the playoffs, because that was our goal." Los Angeles Times

September 7, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe's finest coaching exports, to his LA staff. Kokoskov, of Serbia, was on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland last season and just led Georgia to qualification for next summer's EuroBasket. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

September 6, 2014 Updates

During the interview, he anticipates a tough training camp from Byron Scott and mentioned his off-season training. One part of the training that isn’t expected is the MMA training. Lake Show Life

 

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