Los Angeles Lakers Rumors
The Spurs gave the Lakers permission to interview Messina after they fired Byron Scott following the end of the regular season. The Lakers hired Walton, who played nine seasons for them, last week. “There is nothing more I can tell you other than that I am very, very happy (with the Spurs),” Messina said Monday.
Scott was also asked about whether he felt Russell could be a star at the point guard position, and while he absolutely sees the potential, he also raised a couple of red flags. “I think he (Russell) can (be a star),” Scott said on The Dan Patrick Show. “Obviously, there’s going to be some question marks with that. His work ethic has to get better. His understanding of the game has to get better, but he can flat out score, and he really sees the floor extremely well. He has some tools you can’t teach, but the little intricate parts of the game are the things he has to learn.”
“I think some of these guys, when they come into the league, they think they’re entitled, and I thought that’s how he (Russell) felt when he first got with us,” Scott said. “He almost tried to act like he was a veteran, and I tried to make sure that he knew that he wasn’t a veteran, that you have to earn your stripes. So yeah, there were times where I was a little tough on him, just to bring him back down to earth, to let him know that this is not an easy task when you’re in the NBA.
Byron Scott spent his last two years in Los Angeles, in his words, doing a juggling act. “You do have a bunch of guys that you are trying to develop and get them to understand how to play the right way,” he said on The Dan Patrick Show on Monday morning. “And then you have Kobe basically on a (farewell) tour.”
The juggling act was so tough, he said, and something he thought that the Lakers front office had seen going into the season as well. In fact, he thought the two sides agreed when he was hired that it would take a few years to turn the team around. So when he was let go, he said he was “blindsided.” “But I have no ill-will for the organization,” he said. “I still love the Lakers organization and I wish them all the best.”