Byron Scott: Players ‘Need To Understand What It Means’ To Be A Laker Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="302"] Now that Byron Scott has officially been named head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the real work begins. Scott must turn around a t [new_royalslider id="302"] Now that Byron Scott has officially been named head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the real work begins. Scott must turn around a t Rating: 0
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Byron Scott: Players ‘Need To Understand What It Means’ To Be A Laker

Now that Byron Scott has officially been named head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the real work begins. Scott must turn around a team that just went through the worst season in franchise history.

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Scott seems to have a plan. First, he knows the Lakers must focus on defense. Second, according to ESPNS’s Ramona Shelburne, he and Kobe have to teach an important lesson to these young Lakers.

In this situation, where it’s just Kobe — who really understands what it means to be a Laker — and myself, who understands what it means to be a Laker — you’ve got two guys coming from two different perspectives, but delivering the same message. That’s important. That’s important for Swaggy P and Wesley Johnson and Ryan Kelly who need to understand what it means to put that purple and gold on.

The Lakers are unlike any other franchise in sports. Putting on that purple and gold means more than just putting on a jersey to play basketball. The Lakers franchise is a representation of class, greatness, and being the best.

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Kobe has been with the franchise for 18 years and won five championships. Byron Scott played 11 seasons and won three rings himself, and served as a mentor for Kobe when he first entered the league in 1996.

This season isn’t just about returning the Lakers to former glory, it’s about restoring the Lakers franchise and brand to what it should always represent. Kobe and Scott know what that mean, and soon, the rest of the team will too.
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  • Joey Torres

    now you’re talking!!!

  • lakers_824

    B Scott saying all the right stufff…..coaches like dantoni and brown just dont know……

  • LakerSpartan117

    I think what it means to be a Laker, is wanting to create a new legacy of winning. A different perspective on what it took, but its the same result in every version. You have to want to come in everyday and work hard. Its not about media attention and its not about launching your brand. The only thing that it has ever been about in Los Angeles is winning a championship.

    Byron Scott is the perfect coach to come in and preach what it means to REALLY wear the Purple & Gold. Its not just a jersey they put on, but a beacon of solitude that they surrender their egos and ambitions to. The only goal they have in their minds each day when they step onto the court or go to sleep every night is winning. And when they really, truly BELIEVE in that one message, that one goal, that one way of life…. then can they truly know what it means to be a Laker.

    And when they all share that mentality, that feeling generates an aura that surges through Staples Center (only when the Lakers are playing, F**K the Clippers) and pulses through us fans. When us fans wear our Laker’s jerseys…. we feel like true Lakers as well.

    We…. feel like nothing can stop us. We… feel like winners.

    Go Lakers.

    • Jason Torres

      F**KIN AY, BUBBA! And that’s EXACTLY why “B12″ could never live up to wearing these colors!
      I BLEED Purple&Gold!!!

  • Steve Chavez

    It’s good he’s saying this all early. It’s going to be a long hard season, but i’m really looking forward to see what this group is able to pull off.

  • Daniel

    that is what I am talking about!!!
    I don’t know how well we are going to do next year, but new players, specially the young and possibly long term Lakers need to understand what to be a Lakers is all about. It means second place means failure, it means a winning attitude no matter what, it means that not only LA or USA fans are behind it, it means people in South America, China or Europe, getting up early in the morning or staying very late at night just to see the Lakers. It means having to deal with celebrities, and understanding that they come to see you, not the other way around, so you have to perform, grow, and improve, or get out of the way.
    It means the banner up there are from not only hall of famers, they have been also best of the best of the best in the history of the sport. It means a legacy that touches every corner of the globe. It is not for everybody, but it is good that some one that understand that is leading the ship now, not only to help them understand, but also to see who has what it takes and who has not.

  • 3339

    I swear he is a perfect coach for us. He will help turn the Lakers around and make it a team that players line up to play for.

  • wangkon936

    The good news is that Byron will make ‘em play hard. The bad news is that there is a chance he will over work them and the players may start to tune him out.

    • xiqi

      i believe that kobe will not do that….

      • Brandon A. Benitez

        That’s just it right there, of course Kobe wouldn’t tune him out but the worry is that the other players might

        • Spade

          As the leader it’s up to Kobe to get on people’s ass if they disrespect Byron.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            No, it’s Byron’s responsibility to remove them from the rotation. He’s known to be a bit of a tyrant, so I don’t think he’ll have any trouble doing that. The only issue will be balancing the need to rest Kobe vs leaving him in to fights for wins.

        • Al Haldie

          Don’t lose any sleep over it .

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      There are plenty of young guys on the team itching to play. If you start to tune out the coach, feel free to pay a visit to the far end of the bench.

    • Al Haldie

      No one is going to be over worked – and those who play bad or tired will sit until they get their crap togeather – BYRON has been around long enough to know how to work his players… {over 30 yrs.}

      • nlruizjr

        basically Bscott is just telling them to leave their B game at home and only A games allowed !!!!

  • Sillysoft

    To bad you didnt have Scott when you had legit players. Just seemed like such a waste hiring Dantoni, the FO just was upset Jackson was going to come back only on his terms so they wanted to show him up and go with Dantoni. But the jokes on the FO and now you are in rebuild mode. Its ok though, Lakers always finds a way but better hurry up. Kobe aint getting any younger.

  • ra

    simple equation for Lakers (i.e., what it means to be a Laker):

    Lakers = Championships.


  • Swaggy C

    Its written in black and white we aren’t a playoff team, and this team will go through another year of struggle and plenty of ups and downs, but if they can steer their minds away from playoffs, seedings, oh they don’t have star power, and they aren’t the lakers of championship caliber, then I think that will take a huge load off their shoulders. All they need to focus on is building an identity, improving in a whole lot of statistical categories that D’Antoni made us hit the crapper in, and if every player improves, then it will be a positive sign for the future.

    • Al Haldie

      Day to Day -Game by Game;; work hard and play it right – you will only get better.

  • Spade

    I like the sound of this. Hopefully he opens the doors to the facilities and allow other Lakers legends around the team. That way no matter where the players go they’re bumping into Lakers royalty ready to teach them the Lakers way. It doesn’t matter how good or bad the team is. If you’re wearing our colors and the Lakers name across your chest you need to know what that represents.

  • LAHdez

    Where’s the official announcement? As far as i know there’s nothing official yet about the coaching position, last thing i heard was that the Lakers organization were denying any hiring, LINK PLEASE??

  • Tee

    Bring a Laker means winning the ring and telling haters to suck it. The best feeling in the world. The Lakers are the most feared and hated because of jealousy among these haters

  • thisstinksagain!!

    I hope he brings back the Lakers way where practices were more intense then games for the benefit of the young guys, of course keeping in mind to keep the older guys fresh and injury free. We got a few ‘potential’ young studs like Randle and possibly Davis. A dream would be if one of the young dudes in the Middle (Hill or Davis) could have career years and get 15pts/10Rebounds/2 blocks a game. I believe we have about 4 or 5 solid role players like Boozer, Young, Kelly, Nash, and maybe even Henry.

    • Jason Torres

      I think Hill is completely possible of having a breakout season if he can stay healthy!


    This is one of the positives of him being the coach. He has a genuine love and appreciation for the Lakers like Kobe. We really needed someone like that to teach these new guys to bring back that sense of pride.

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  • Robinson Obar

    A great decision. Byron Scott is PURE BLOODED LAKERS, means his heart only wants to bring back thd glory days of the #Lakers for the #LakersNation.

  • bengalimamba

    Did Byron Scott actually say “Swaggy P”???

  • elagunero_1

    He knows what it means because he lived it and spent a lot of time with the late, great Dr. Buss who always had a way of communicating his Laker way and vision to us. I’m not worried. We’ll get back to that again. Always have, and always will. Team first baby!

  • lakers_824

    prince is shit

  • RussinSactown

    And we waited an extra month? This is the message we needed a coach to deliver in June and July. That said, I can’t wait to see how he gets the Lakers playing this season.

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