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Byron Scott Feels He Still Has Support From Lakers’ Front Office, Will ‘Never’ Bench Kobe Bryant

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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has taken fire from all angles for the way he’s handled his team this season, but Scott believes he still has full support from the front office, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.

Scott said he’s been talking with general manager Mitch Kupchak “almost every other day” and that the two are on the same page with where the team is currently at:

“We still understand that this is a process,” Scott said. “We have a lot of young guys on this team that we feel will be very good players. But it’s not going to happen in a month. It’s going to take some time. It might take a year or two.”

Scott said the two have specifically talked about how to develop the young players, although he also said Kupchack hasn’t tried to meddle with his coaching decisions.

It’s hard to imagine Lakers higher-ups are thrilled with how things have played out thus far, but perhaps they have a different view of this season. Perhaps they’re fine with Kobe Bryant playing such a big role despite struggling since it’s likely his last season, and Scott’s latest quotes would seem to indicate that (via ESPN’s Baxter Holmes):

Scott told ESPN.com that under no circumstances would he sit the 37-year-old Bryant, who is shooting a career-worst 31.1 percent from the field and 19.5 percent from 3-point range.

“I would never, never, never do that,” Scott said after practice at the Lakers’ facility. “That’s not an option whatsoever. No, that’s not an option.”

Maybe the Lakers are fine with all the Bryant bricks and all the losing because it could help them keep their draft pick for 2016. It’s an awkward situation, but for now, it seems the Lakers are okay with what’s happening, even with stuff like this coming out on a daily basis:

It’s going to be a long season in Hollywood.

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