Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott continues to throw logic to the wind when it comes to the struggling Kobe Bryant. Scott recently said that Bryant had the “privilege” of shooting whenever he wants after a 6-of-22 showing, and the embattled head coach continued to defend Kobe after his disastrous 1-of-14 performance against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
After the game, Scott insisted he still has “faith” in Bryant, according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. Then on Wednesday, Scott said he still doesn’t have any plans to reduce Bryant’s role despite the fact that the veteran is barely eclipsing 31 percent shooting, has sat out multiple games to rest his body and often skips practice:
Lakers coach Byron Scott says he hasn't considered reducing Kobe Byrant's role or minutes.
— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) November 25, 2015
It’s interesting to note that Scott says he hasn’t even “considered” giving Kobe a smaller role, which is a move that would make sense at this point. There doesn’t even have to be a benching. Simply less minutes and a smaller role in the offense.
But that doesn’t even appear to be an option for Scott, and Bryant continues to say he’s fine while often deflecting blame, like he did after the Warriors game. As Holmes noted, it’s bordering on delusion from both parties.
Even more troublesome is this nugget from Scott:
I asked Byron does he counsel Kobe on how to balance his game w/the kids – Scott laughed, said he's letting Kobe find it for himself
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) November 25, 2015
Who knows just how true this is, but Scott is apparently admitting he doesn’t do any coaching when it comes to getting Bryant’s game to mesh with the young players on the team. It’d be one thing if this was good Kobe, but with Kobe playing so bad, there has to be a different approach.
But for now, Scott is going to let Kobe be Kobe. And as long as that’s the case, things may just keep getting uglier and uglier. Perhaps it’ll all turn out okay if all this losing results in the Lakers keeping their top three protected pick, but there’s no guarantee that happens.