It has been a rough year for Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott. The Lakers just lost a franchise-record 56th game on Sunday when they were trounced by the Los Angeles Clippers, and Scott has spent a good chunk of his year tossing players under the bus. There was some more bus-tossing going on Monday, according to Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times:
“I got a sense of a whole lot of them I wouldn’t want to be in a fox hole with,” Scott said after Monday’s practice. “I think they’d end up shooting me in the back. So I’ve got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are going to be around, that we will build around, build together in this process and go through it.”
Now, it very well could be true that some guys on the Lakers have bailed on the season. However, Scott continuously bashing these guys when he hasn’t exactly done a bang-up job himself is just out of line. Scott has been dealt a rough hand with this roster and all of the injuries, but his coaching and stubbornness in sticking with some of his outdated philosophies leaves a lot to be desired.
Of course, it’s no surprise that Scott doesn’t think there’s anything wrong with his approach:
Byron Scott said his inflammatory statements about Young, others, are nothing new. “It’s called coaching,” he said.
— Bill Oram (@billoram) April 8, 2015
For the sake of hilarity, please never change, Byron Scott.