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James Worthy Says Lakers Weren’t ‘Accountable’ On Defense

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James Worthy never seems to hold back when expressing his opinions about his former team. Although he’s nowhere near as extreme as Charles Barkley, Worthy’s passion is obvious when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers.

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The Hall of Famer has fit in nicely with the Time Warner Cable SportsNet crew while covering the Lakers the last few years. Worthy will be even more invested in covering the purple and gold next season with his former teammate running the show from the sidelines.

Worthy recently talked about Byron Scott changing the culture in Los Angeles by implementing his defensive philosophy during his shoe release via TWC SportsNet:

“Better defense. All we talked about last year were points in the paint, transition points, and the lack of defense. Players really weren’t held accountable. They just looked for the offense and played that way, but Byron will implement defense. They’ll play hard every night. You’ll like what you’re watching.”

The new Lakers head coach played alongside Worthy for a decade in Los Angeles. The two have created a lasting bond with Worthy giving all his support to Scott in his return to the Lakers.

Scott has repeatedly said that he’ll be changing things up in Los Angeles with an emphasis on the defensive end of the basketball floor. As Worthy stated, players weren’t held “accountable” for poor defense. Scott intends to change that next season.

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Scott’s philosophy could be exactly what is needed if his players buy into what he’s selling. This defensive philosophy could potentially rub a few players on the squad the wrong way, but hopefully it will result in drastic changes and therefore a return to winning culture in Los Angeles.

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  • Duckathon

    Doesn’t take a HOF to see that problem last year.

  • DOC4DaLakeshow

    True….maybe they will have some pride which is an improvement

  • Redemption Rain

    I hope that Scott chews on anyone’s ass if they think they can slack off on defense.

  • James Alverad

    Lakers will surprise a lot of critics and haters and will improve
    the defense perhaps will rank top 15-20 this coming season and a playoff and Kobe will
    be top 5 in MVP conversation. Sir Charles will eat his words and hope that keep
    his big mouth shut ones in for all from talking about the Lakers and KB for the
    rest of his miserable life.

    • MVP


  • Richard

    I agree with Byron’s approach to the Game. Starting with (1)- the Defensive approach. (2)- then Rebounding, (3)- getting out and Scoring as much as possible on the Fast Break. (4)- when they are unable to score there, Simply run their half court Offense. It is the way Laker championship teams won championships during the Magic/Scott era. Byron has plenty of experience there and should be able to hopefully bring that kind of game back. If the team learns how to implement those proven techniques the right ways.they will gains knowledge, game experience to know how to wins more with it. If each player on the team understands and buy into the concept, it will be all about building the chemistry foundation each year, (starting next season) to duplicate the success of the past going forward. Question is which players from this year’s team and future teams will be on the next Lakers Championship team? Work hard and succeed.

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  • hookedonnews

    I expect that kind of analysis from fans, but James Worthy should be better informed than that. “They just looked for the offense and played that way.” That is such a simplistic view of what happened last season. There’s no point in going over something that I’ve commented on a thousand times. I’ll just tell you that if the Lakers have another season with 320 games lost to injury that the defense won’t be that much better than it was last season. They have picked up a couple of players who may help defensively, but to believe a team can play effective defense when they can barely field the minimum number of players some nights (when the majority of the players on the team have never played together before) is to live in dreamland.

    • savi

      I believe this year will be better health issue wise, and if they stay very good health wise, This team is going to the playoffs!! So the real mvp will be Gary Weedy. He has to step his game up

  • Truth B Told

    D’Atoni don’t play that……If he catches you playing Defense he’ll bench you…..He believes in shooting it out……Come and get me cop-er….Yeah…those good old days……………..NOT.

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