If Byron Scott says something stupid in a forest, and no one is around to hear, is it still stupid? He took “obfuscation” to a level that would even make a politician blush when he discusses how Kobe Bryant going over his minutes didn’t really mean that he hadn’t gone over his minutes.
Part of the problem extends to last season, where Scott told the Orange County Register’s Bill Oram,
I didn’t mean play as limited as possible. Obviously we want to keep him as efficient as possible, but I know he knows his body better than anybody. When we start talking about those minutes, I want to listen to him more than anything. I’m not going to go by what I think he can play like I did last year, I want to really go by what he thinks he can play. Then I want to make sure we stick to that.
But when asked if he’d talked to Bryant before playing him 37 minutes against the Toronto Raptors, Bryant revealed that they hadn’t discussed it.
Scott then took the extremely bizarre and defensive tactic of equating how many minutes Bryant was averaging with a minutes limit, saying (h/t Silver Screen and Roll for the transcription):
That was big for him tonight, but again I’m not worried about it still. From an average standpoint he’s still at about an average of 31 minutes a game. They were pretty much where I wanted them until the fourth quarter.
So as long as his average doesn’t go over the upper boundary of that limit, he wasn’t going over the limits.
“It’s still at the limit, bottom line,” Scott repeated. “When [Bryant’s minutes per game average] get’s over that limit… 28-34, somewhere in there, in that range then we’ll discuss it again.”
Of course, if we’re going to take that tact, isn’t 31 over 28? I think most people would define a “limit of 28-34 minutes” as in that Bryant would not, in any game, go over that range. Perhaps an explanation would help.
My credit card has a limit. It’s how much money I can spend on it. I cannot go over that limit.
It also has an average daily balance, which is how much money, on average, over the last month is on it.
The average is lower than the limit. If I’m at my limit, I can’t charge an extra $500 on it and say, “But my average is below my limit.”
Which is an ironic analogy, considering any credit that Scott had coming in has long been spent.