D’Angelo Russell, Byron Scott Address Lakers Rookie’s Role

Los Angeles Lakers No. 2 draft pick D’Angelo Russell hasn’t heard his name called with the starting unit, since he bruised his glute after a hard fall in the Lakers second preseason game against the Utah Jazz in Hawaii. Nick Young started in his place during the Lakers third preseason game (Russell sat out for precautionary reasons), and in the past two games, No. 34 draft pick Anthony Brown has been given starting spot while Russell has played with the second unit.

After the Lakers loss to the Sacramento Kings in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, Russell admitted that his role change is something he needs adjusting to.

“I feel like I’m foreign to it right now, it’s different,” Russell said on Time Warner Cable SportsNet about coming off the bench. “If I’m out there with the starters, I know what I’ve got to do. When I’m out there with the bench, it’s a different role, so when I get established on what my role is, I’ll figure it out.”

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At practice this week, Scott gave a smile upon being asked about Russell’s role.

“I’ll let him know later,” Scott said about whether his plans for Russell involved starting or coming off the bench. “I want him to play basketball. I know he’s got a lot of things going on, a lot of things in his head. He doesn’t know if he’s going to start or come off the bench, but either way his role is going to be the same.”

Scott’s acknowledged that had Russell not taken that hard fall during the Lakers preseason game in Hawaii, Brown probably would not have had the opportunity to start. But, especially defensively, Scott’s been happy with what he’s seen from Brown in his two starts.

Whether Russell finds himself back in the starting unit on Saturday in their preseason game against the Golden State Warriors, remains to be seen. On Friday, Scott said he had not yet solidified his lineups for Saturday; however, with Kobe Bryant ruled out (lower leg contusion), it seems likely Russell will be back with the starting five.

Though Russell said on Tuesday, coming off the bench was a different role for him, Russell spoke a different tune on Friday after practice.

“I feel like I still have the same role with the first unit,” Russell said about his role off the bench the past two games. “I was still getting guys involved, putting guys in position to score the ball and pushing the ball in transition and it’s the same as the second unit, knowing that you’ve got Lou (Williams) and Nick (Young) running side by side, knowing they’re bucket-getters you know that you’ve got to put them in position to set up either the offense in transition or get a bucket in transition.”

In his 18 minutes off the bench against Maccabi Haifa, Russell dished 11 assists to go along with his five points. On Tuesday night against the Kings, Russell only had three assists in his 20 minutes, but also had 11 points and seven rebounds.

When pressed further about how exactly his roles are different whether he starts or comes off the bench, Russell explained it’s all about pace.

“I feel like the first unit is more of a controlled pace, trying to match the other teams intensity or the other team trying to match our intensity. The second unit is more like you see what you need to add to get that advantage against this team, what they’re doing in pick-and-roll defense or in transition, them not getting back, you see where you’ve got to capitalize on that, so in the second unit you try to attack that.”

The Los Angeles Lakers take on The Golden State Warriors on Saturday night at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego.

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It’s good to see that Scott is pushing Russell out of his comfort zone. I believe that Russell needs some exposure with the starters, and against opposing starters, but truth be told, the team functions better when Williams and Clarkson are the guards, and Russell’s on the bench. To me, Russell plays like a bench guy, with starter moments of greatness. And overall, he needs playing time and a year to mold his NBA body.

Getting torched by Westbrook, Curry, Lillard, and all the rest of the elite PG’s will be good for him to experience as it will let him understand the high level of play that is required of him.

I fully expect Russell to the the starter of this team, but it wouldn’t
surprise me if Scott held him back until around Mid-December and made
him earn it.

Russell will be a star, but much like Randle who looked a bit lost this time last year, I’m not expecting too much out of him this season outside of growth.

  1. Russell has played poorly in preseason and the offensive (and defense) has looked much better with him on the bench. He really needs time in the d-league as he’s got to learn how to shoot with a defender in his face. And he REALLY needs to learn how to take it to the rack and finish, you can’t play offense only from the perimeter. If he wants to play pg he’s got to be able to dribble anywhere on the court and right now he seems to be very reluctant to dribble in traffic. In SL he did look to get stripped quite often when dribbling in traffic.

    So I really doubt he’s all-star material, maybe he can develop into a solid bench player.

      1. You would have to really dis like him to put in the D-LEAGUE – that will never happen, he needs to learn but on the court either way starter/ bench makes no difference – he has game and some day he will be wanted by all the teams.

    1. Why are you on a Lakers fan forum if you are negative?

      Most fans want to see the glass as half full?

  2. I don’t think you people understand the situation that the Lakers are in. They have traded their 1st round picks for the next 3 years (1-3 protected). So if Russell turns out to be a bust then they have 3 more years before they can try again in the lottery. Also no top free agents will come to play for the Lakers if Russell is a bust in those 3 years.

    1. The team has a 1st in 2017 a la the Ted Sapien rule. And if (knock on wood) Russell is a bust then they would be in a good position for the Lottery in 2 seasons.

    2. He will not be a bust he will not let that happen, the kid has to much ball, he has had a slow start , but hang on to your caps he will still have fans saying ahhhhh.ooohhhhh. take it to the bank.

    3. One player doe’s not make a team, we could always trade for a good (not great) PG, but that is not going to be needed here.

      1. Well, the Lakers don’t have much trade value. Plus, it would be a slap in the face to Clarkson at this point. Even Russell was bewildered when they told him they were considering drafting him when they already had Clarkson.

      1. They have a queue of two teams looking for picks between 2016-2018. So you are right. They will only lose 2 first round picks in the next 3 years at the most.

  3. You make good points however I think Russell should start.

    Russell has a better rhythm with starters that can take advantage of his PG skills.

    Kobes play is a good example.
    Kobe plays better with Russell because he knows Russell can deliver, and consequently Kobe doesn’t feel the need to go on an offensive take over.

  4. I’m looking for him to become a full time starter mid January, right before All Star Break. He’s not quite ready. I watched all the summer league and preseason games. The talent and tools are there, but he’s not quite putting them all together yet.

  • It’s good to see that Scott is pushing Russell out of his comfort zone. I believe that Russell needs some exposure with the Lakers’ starters, and against opposing starters. But truth be told, the starters play better when Russell’s on the bench. And until Russell gains confidence in his 3-point shot and attacking ability, he seems to be a liability to the starters. Overall, it seems that he just needs playing time and a year to mold his NBA body.

    But I also think that getting torched by Westbrook, Curry, Lillard, and all the rest of the elite PG’s will be good for him to experience as it will let him understand the high level of play that is required of him.

    I fully expect Russell to the the starter of this team, but it wouldn’t surprise me if Scott held him back until around Mid-December and made him earn it.

    Russell will be a star, but much like Randle who looked a bit lost this time last year, I’m not expecting too much out of him this season outside of growth (and learning how to play defense).

    1. Russell has played poorly in preseason and the offensive (and defense) has looked much better with him on the bench. He really needs time in the d-league as he’s got to learn how to shoot with a defender in his face. And he REALLY needs to learn how to take it to the rack and finish, you can’t play offense only from the perimeter. If he wants to play pg he’s got to be able to dribble anywhere on the court and right now he seems to be very reluctant to dribble in traffic. In SL he did look to get stripped quite often when dribbling in traffic.

      So I really doubt he’s all-star material, maybe he can develop into a solid bench player.

        1. You would have to really dis like him to put in the D-LEAGUE – that will never happen, he needs to learn but on the court either way starter/ bench makes no difference – he has game and some day he will be wanted by all the teams.

      1. If what you are saying is true it would be essentially Armageddon for Lakers management. The d-league is basically like the NBA graveyard. Danny Green is by far the best player ever to come out of the D-league.

        Russell actually played better defense than Clarkson or Williams so at least give him credit for that.

      2. Why are you on a Lakers fan forum if you are negative?

        Most fans want to see the glass as half full?

    2. I don’t think you people understand the situation that the Lakers are in. They have traded their 1st round picks for the next 3 years (1-3 protected). So if Russell turns out to be a bust then they have 3 more years before they can try again in the lottery. Also no top free agents will come to play for the Lakers if Russell is a bust in those 3 years.

      1. The team has a 1st in 2017 a la the Ted Sapien rule. And if (knock on wood) Russell is a bust then they would be in a good position for the Lottery in 2 seasons.

      2. He will not be a bust he will not let that happen, the kid has to much ball, he has had a slow start , but hang on to your caps he will still have fans saying ahhhhh.ooohhhhh. take it to the bank.

      3. One player doe’s not make a team, we could always trade for a good (not great) PG, but that is not going to be needed here.

        1. Well, the Lakers don’t have much trade value. Plus, it would be a slap in the face to Clarkson at this point. Even Russell was bewildered when they told him they were considering drafting him when they already had Clarkson.

        2. Well, the Lakers don’t have much trade value. Plus, it would be a slap in the face to Clarkson at this point. Even Russell was bewildered when they told him they were considering drafting him when they already had Clarkson.

        1. They have a queue of two teams looking for picks between 2016-2018. So you are right. They will only lose 2 first round picks in the next 3 years at the most.

    3. You make good points however I think Russell should start.

      Russell has a better rhythm with starters that can take advantage of his PG skills.

      Kobes play is a good example.
      Kobe plays better with Russell because he knows Russell can deliver, and consequently Kobe doesn’t feel the need to go on an offensive take over.

    4. I’m looking for him to become a full time starter mid January, right before All Star Break. He’s not quite ready. I watched all the summer league and preseason games. The talent and tools are there, but he’s not quite putting them all together yet.

  • Sometimes the younger players have a dis-connect….By being chose #2 he may feel he’s automatically given the Starting PG position….Scott on the other hand is Making him Earn that PG position…..It’s not a given he will Start….

    1. The Lakers are not going to be a good team anyways, so why not start him right away and let him develop early? Plus having Clarkson at the pg with kobe at sg means kobe has to handle the ball more to get his shots off so I wouldn’t see the logic in not starting Russell.

      1. The Lakers Will surprise a lot of people….people expectations for the Lakers are low….Shock Waves around the NBA…..Now back to Russell….If someone is playing better than Russell at the PG position….he comes off the bench until he go and Take the PG position….As Great as Kobe is…he didn’t start as a Rookie…He came and Took his Spot as a starter by his Play…people started to take notice of that Young Kobe….The rest is History.

      2. Part of grooming a future star isn’t about when they start. It’s about controlling the mental aspect and helping them deal with the successes and failures as they grow. And, as of now, he’s not the best solution at PG….. and by the general norms of every sport (and professional sports), every player understands that if they aren’t the best solution, they ride the pine.

        — welcome to the Big League kid.

        1. No rookie is ever going to be the ‘best solution at PG’.. But that hasn’t stopped many a team starting their future all star rookies from day one. Including – Curry, John Wall, Irving, Chris Paul, Lillard, Derrick Rose. I honestly think DLo is the best solution, Clarkson hasn’t shown to be a capable play maker and Huertas is like the Brazilian Steve Nash so far in his Lakers career. Having DLo come off the bench could turn him into a guy like Evan Turner, whom many people were comparing him to in those mock drafts.

          Many rookies of course start from the get go because they are drafted by small market teams who had horrible records the year previous, that we think the Lakers are somehow above having to do this is another thing that is wrong with how things have been going lately, sure back when Kobe and Fisher got drafted and came to the Lakers, they had players who afforded them the ability to bring them on slowly. But this is not the case any longer.

          1. I don’t disagree…
            But, none of the guys you mentioned play for the Lakers. And I’m not saying that he’s a permanent bench guy, but I could see that Scott keeps him on the bench for a month make him “hungry” and learn his “role” as a starter.

            Russell is a starter, but when it happens, and how much he runs with the 1st team is the big question.

          2. Facts are…every high draft pick are not as Advertised…not saying Russell won’t be great but he not playing in a Small Market…Here in LA (and it being the Lakers)he’s Front and Center…..With the history of this Franchise Expectations are Big….It’s about Winning and bringing home that Hardware….

    2. It’s not about entitlement. He will be looked at as a bust if he’s coming off the bench on a team that’s not even playoff bound. His confidence will be destroyed once he gets that stigma attached to him. At that point he probably will never be a decent Laker and would just have to hope that he could be great somewhere else like Chauncey Billups eventually became in Detroit.

  • Sometimes the younger players have a dis-connect….By being chose #2 he may feel he’s automatically given the Starting PG position….Scott on the other hand is Making him Earn that PG position…..It’s not a given he will Start….

    1. The Lakers are not going to be a good team anyways, so why not start him right away and let him develop early? Plus having Clarkson at the pg with kobe at sg means kobe has to handle the ball more to get his shots off so I wouldn’t see the logic in not starting Russell.

      1. The Lakers Will surprise a lot of people….people expectations for the Lakers are low….Shock Waves around the NBA…..Now back to Russell….If someone is playing better than Russell at the PG position….he comes off the bench until he go and Take the PG position….As Great as Kobe is…he didn’t start as a Rookie…He came and Took his Spot as a starter by his Play…people started to take notice of that Young Kobe….The rest is History.

      2. Part of grooming a future star isn’t about when they start. It’s about controlling the mental aspect and helping them deal with the successes and failures as they grow. And, as of now, he’s not the best solution at PG….. and by the general norms of every sport (and professional sports), every player understands that if they aren’t the best solution, they ride the pine.

        — welcome to the Big League kid.

        1. No rookie is ever going to be the ‘best solution at PG’.. But that hasn’t stopped many a team starting their future all star rookies from day one. Including – Curry, John Wall, Irving, Chris Paul, Lillard, Derrick Rose. I honestly think DLo is the best solution, Clarkson hasn’t shown to be a capable play maker and Huertas is like the Brazilian Steve Nash so far in his Lakers career. Having DLo come off the bench could turn him into a guy like Evan Turner, whom many people were comparing him to in those mock drafts.

          Many rookies of course start from the get go because they are drafted by small market teams who had horrible records the year previous, that we think the Lakers are somehow above having to do this is another thing that is wrong with how things have been going lately, sure back when Kobe and Fisher got drafted and came to the Lakers, they had players who afforded them the ability to bring them on slowly. But this is not the case any longer.

          1. I don’t disagree…
            But, none of the guys you mentioned play for the Lakers. And I’m not saying that he’s a permanent bench guy, but I could see that Scott keeps him on the bench for a month make him “hungry” and learn his “role” as a starter.

            Russell is a starter, but when it happens, and how much he runs with the 1st team is the big question.

          2. Facts are…every high draft pick are not as Advertised…not saying Russell won’t be great but he not playing in a Small Market…Here in LA (and it being the Lakers)he’s Front and Center…..With the history of this Franchise Expectations are Big….It’s about Winning and bringing home that Hardware….

    2. It’s not about entitlement. He will be looked at as a bust if he’s coming off the bench on a team that’s not even playoff bound. His confidence will be destroyed once he gets that stigma attached to him. At that point he probably will never be a decent Laker and would just have to hope that he could be great somewhere else like Chauncey Billups eventually became in Detroit.

  • Scott is smart by reducing his minutes and coming off the bench in pre season. Russell will be the starter in regular season. Coach making him mentally strong also.

    1. I hope that’s what he is doing, but it doesn’t appear that way. Russell has pretty much no confidence in his shot. It was clear to me when Russell started trying to exploit David Stockton in garbage minutes in the last game.

      1. If he has no confidence in his shot, then he’s a liability with the starters.

        He just needs playing time. This is exactly what every scouting report said. He is a 2-3 year project that should start to show solid promise by the end of the year.

        1. Yes, PLAYING TIME. My feeling was that Scott was going to limit his minutes. If Scott gives him a lot of minutes then I don’t care.

      2. Kobe didn’t start when he came here and no one can deny the legend he turned out to be.

        But I actually think Russell plays a better pace with the starters, because the starters know how to play with a talent like Russell.

        With the second unit it seems like they are never ready to benefit from Russells point guard skills.

        1. I partly agree with what you are saying, but Eddie Jones was an all-star caliber guard on a Playoff team. Had Kobe been on a non-playoff team he probably would have started immediately. Kobe was probably better on draft day than Wiggins is now.

          Kobe hit the shots he was supposed to hit back then. The problem with Russell is that he is sort of giving a Jimmer Fredette kind of performance when it comes to shooting the ball.

  • Scott is smart by reducing his minutes and coming off the bench in pre season. Russell will be the starter in regular season. Coach making him mentally strong also.

    1. I hope that’s what he is doing, but it doesn’t appear that way. Russell has pretty much no confidence in his shot. It was clear to me when Russell started trying to exploit David Stockton in garbage minutes in the last game.

      1. If he has no confidence in his shot, then he’s a liability with the starters.

        He just needs playing time. This is exactly what every scouting report said. He is a 2-3 year project that should start to show solid promise by the end of the year.

        1. Yes, PLAYING TIME. My feeling was that Scott was going to limit his minutes. If Scott gives him a lot of minutes then I don’t care.

      2. Kobe didn’t start when he came here and no one can deny the legend he turned out to be.

        But I actually think Russell plays a better pace with the starters, because the starters know how to play with a talent like Russell.

        With the second unit it seems like they are never ready to benefit from Russells point guard skills.

        1. I partly agree with what you are saying, but Eddie Jones was an all-star caliber guard on a Playoff team. Had Kobe been on a non-playoff team he probably would have started immediately. Kobe was probably better on draft day than Wiggins is now.

          Kobe hit the shots he was supposed to hit back then. The problem with Russell is that he is sort of giving a Jimmer Fredette kind of performance when it comes to shooting the ball.

  • I think the problem is that DLo needs to be surrounded by guys who play to his strengths, he needs guys who can shoot the open 3, and also guys in the paint who can hustle and run the channel. Black and Kelly were perfect for this, Kelly out on the 3 and Black inside, that accounted for 9 of DLo’s 11 assists in the Maccabi game. In the following game when Bass was playing with Kelly, DLo had no one inside, both guys were stretching the floor and no one was in the paint, it was far less effective – DLo ended up dropping the ball to Lou and then running into the paint himself, as no one was there. At the moment I’d say the second unit actually plays more to DLo’s strengths than the starting unit does.

    1. That would appear to be the case. I would agree Kelly and Black compliment Russell well. We all know Nick and Lou are there to shoot so putting a Passer with them is a good idea.

    2. We have enough good players to make a start and bench team that can play together and most have a good IQ so it should not take to long, I would say by the all star game, we should be rolling .

    3. We cant depend on Kobe that much with not knowing when he will or will not play on back to back or long road trips, or just needs the rest.

    4. Hibbert gave some insight when he said that Russell was good at controlling the pace and making plays in transition.

      Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite define the duties of a PG once he’s in a set offense. At the moment, D-Lo needs to run. And until he can learn how to be a PG and use his vision in the half-court sets he’s going to be a bench guy….in short, he needs to learn how to be an NBA level point guard, not just a college upstart.

    5. Well, the difference with the Maccabi game was that Maccabi couldn’t defend at all. So when Russell passed the ball guys hit shots.

  • I think the problem is that DLo needs to be surrounded by guys who play to his strengths, he needs guys who can shoot the open 3, and also guys in the paint who can hustle and run the channel. Black and Kelly were perfect for this, Kelly out on the 3 and Black inside, that accounted for 9 of DLo’s 11 assists in the Maccabi game. In the following game when Bass was playing with Kelly, DLo had no one inside, both guys were stretching the floor and no one was in the paint, it was far less effective – DLo ended up dropping the ball to Lou and then running into the paint himself, as no one was there. At the moment I’d say the second unit actually plays more to DLo’s strengths than the starting unit does.

    Edit: That being said DLo has only played with the starters for a combined 25 minutes, and only 16 of those minutes were with Kobe.

    1. That would appear to be the case. I would agree Kelly and Black compliment Russell well. We all know Nick and Lou are there to shoot so putting a Passer with them is a good idea.

    2. We have enough good players to make a start and bench team that can play together and most have a good IQ so it should not take to long, I would say by the all star game, we should be rolling .

    3. We cant depend on Kobe that much with not knowing when he will or will not play on back to back or long road trips, or just needs the rest.

    4. Hibbert gave some insight when he said that Russell was good at controlling the pace and making plays in transition.

      Unfortunately, this doesn’t quite define the duties of a PG once he’s in a set offense. At the moment, D-Lo needs to run. And until he can learn how to be a PG and use his vision in the half-court sets he’s going to be a bench guy….in short, he needs to learn how to be an NBA level point guard, not just a college upstart.

    5. Well, the difference with the Maccabi game was that Maccabi couldn’t defend at all. So when Russell passed the ball guys hit shots.

  • D’Angelo Russel – needs to understand that he is part of a team. It’s doesn’t matter if your are 1st team, 2nd team , or 3rd team you need to be a team player.

    A PG roll is the same no matter What team you are on. Also it is the PG responsibility to call the plays.

    1. It matters to the all the writers that will be calling him a bust. This isn’t the Spurs. The Lakers aren’t competing for a championship. They need to try and develop the last draft pick they will have for the next 3 years or so (they traded away all their picks).

      1. They have made this far with out much help in the 1/5 draft pos. we do pretty good in the second half of the draft. nit every 1/5 picks make it in the NBA.

        1. Lol, I’ll go a step further. If he’s not contributing the local reporters in LA will be calling him a bust. Not just the national sports news sites and networks. LA will be much harder on Russell because Laker fans have been spoiled so much by the success of the franchise.

    2. Your the type of fan I can’t stand sorry, but i’m sorry. I’ve watched every interview with this 19 year old kid,,,,,after moving to the bench because of injury he has never once complained about it. He is a clearly a team player everyone wants to play with him starters and bench payers, stop making up lies abut him ever acting bigger than the team. What are you a MEDIA member??

  • D’Angelo Russel – needs to understand that he is part of a team. It’s doesn’t matter if your are starter or 2nd team , or 3rd team you need to be a team player.

    A PG roll is the same no matter What team you are on. Also it is the PG responsibility to call the plays.

    If Russell wants to start , them simply show us that he can ball and is starter material.

    1. It matters to the all the writers that will be calling him a bust. This isn’t the Spurs. The Lakers aren’t competing for a championship. They need to try and develop the last draft pick they will have for the next 3 years or so (they traded away all their picks).

      1. They have made this far with out much help in the 1/5 draft pos. we do pretty good in the second half of the draft. not every 1/5 picks make it in the NBA.

        1. Lol, I’ll go a step further. If he’s not contributing the local reporters in LA will be calling him a bust. Not just the national sports news sites and networks. LA will be much harder on Russell because Laker fans have been spoiled so much by the success of the franchise.

    2. Your the type of fan I can’t stand sorry, but i’m sorry. I’ve watched every interview with this 19 year old kid,,,,,after moving to the bench because of injury he has never once complained about it. He is a clearly a team player everyone wants to play with him starters and bench payers, stop making up lies abut him ever acting bigger than the team. What are you a MEDIA member??

  • Glad that Russell and Scott are clicking. Scott is really pushing Russell to make him comfortable with every aspect of his game. Say what you want about Scott (some things warranted and others not), but the man knows how to develop players.. especially PG’s. We might have never got CP3 (a player whom Scott developed into the player he is today), but we finally have someone with the potential to not only match Paul’s level but to pass it.

    This experience will benefit Russell in the end. Randle wasn’t handed the starting position right away with Boozer starting ahead of him. But he, like Russell, was not in NBA ready shape strength wise. He’s not going to be handed anything, he needs to earn it. And he will because he can.
    And credit will go to Scott whether you like it or not.

    LOL…. and that new dew… Rookie hazing at it’s best!!

    1. You can’t attribute Chris Paul’s development to Scott. Paul showed clear signs of greatness almost immediately.

      1. And what? You think Paul wasn’t developed whatsoever? You think he did it all on his own? SMH. What a joke of a counterargument! Even Paul came out and said he wouldn’t be where he is without Scott’s coaching.

        So yes, I can attribute Paul’s development to Scott. SMH.

        1. He did no more than any average NBA coach would have. You can’t say that Scott’s influence would have been any better than Mark Jackson’s, for example. I’d much rather have Mark Jackson in terms of developing Russell than I would Scott. Scott has his pluses defensively, but I would want them to prioritize Russell’s development considering their lack of future 1st round draft picks for the next few years. You really can’t recruit great NBA players without Russell showing real promise in his first year.

      2. Scott helped Kidd to to finals…

        Cp3 has very clearly attributed his early success and growth to Scott…

        And K. Irving says Scott helped him a lot…

        Scott might not be a great developer of all positions, but he has a really good resume at being a PG Guru. And while he’s a good developer of PG’s, I think his “old skool methods” and mentor ability are great at teaching young guys solid fundamentals and how to be pros.

        I’m not sure Scott’s a championship winning coach…. but I really think he’s perfect for rebuilding a young team. He’s a guy who then turns the team over to another coach who polishes the diamond and takes the team to a championship.

        Kidd, Cp3, Irving…. that’s a pretty good list.

        1. I’m sorry but Scott had nothing to do with Kidd, he was a 4 time all star long before Scott got his teeth into him, if anything Kidd made Scott look better, than the other way around. You can’t also just state Irving and Chris Paul, both of whom were naturally gifted, and then ignore the raft of other so called prospects that Scott failed to develop. For example Tristan Thompson 4th overall, finally realised his potential after Scott left
          Hilton Armstrong 12th overall
          Julian Wright 13th overall
          Brandon Bass, Scott didn’t play him, he become a useful NBA guy away from Scott
          Cedric Simmons 15th overall
          JR Smith 18th overall not wanted by Scott

          BS has somehow lucked his way to coaching 3 great naturally gifted PG’s, here’s hoping he’s lucked his way to a fourth, but not long enough to ruin the rest of these young guys. I honestly don’t see him as being good for development at all, I think that’s a reputation he has lucked his way to, I still don’t understand why he wasn’t coaching the summer league team, if he were so much about development, he would have been there coaching and not with some piece of arm candy. I also don’t see how sitting all the young potential guys during these preseason games pertains to development. If anything I think Scott will sacrifice the development of the team in favour of actually trying to win games in order to save his own job.

        2. J Taylor your making some good points.

          Scott is just as capable a coach as just about anyone else. If you look at the common denominator of all championship coaches it’s good, great, and role model players on each team. You must have a good mix of players and time to gel.

          This is the only season I would grade Byron Scott on coaching the Lakers . He inherited last season’s team and it was not as talented a team as this season.

          I don’t care who was coaching it would take time for any coach to get players who have never played together assembled and comfortable playing with each other.

          It’s funny how so many of these expert sideline coaches know so much about coaching but their very words contradict their understanding of the challenge Byron Scott and this team has to overcome.

          Right now B.S. is trying to see who he will keep and who he will cut. At the same time he has to figure out who his starters and rotation players will be. He has to see what combination of players works best. Then he will need to see who plays well at home and on the road since half of the games are on the road.

          And some players like Kobe who hasn’t touched a basketball or played competitively in about a year needs to get game time reps to round into game time high level condition. There is a lot going on at the same time to prepare the team for the season opener.

          Expect some ups and downs and growing pains.

          Go Lakers !

          Paytc

        3. He did well with point guards who were good on-the-floor coaches. Kidd has proven to be a very good coach. If you look at how Brooklyn fell apart without him and how well the Bucks are doing now you can see that Kidd has a great mind for the game. I suspect CP3 is the same way. However, if you look at Kyrie that team wasn’t able to do anything with Scott as the coach. Not saying that Blatt is any better just that it shows Scott benefited from having smart point guards.

          It’s even worse to say that he’s sort of a stepping stone coach. If he’s winning I wouldn’t take the team away from him.

  • Glad that Russell and Scott are clicking. Scott is really pushing Russell to make him comfortable with every aspect of his game. Say what you want about Scott (some things warranted and others not), but the man knows how to develop players.. especially PG’s. We might have never got CP3 (a player whom Scott developed into the player he is today), but we finally have someone with the potential to not only match Paul’s level but to pass it.

    This experience will benefit Russell in the end. Randle wasn’t handed the starting position right away with Boozer starting ahead of him. But he, like Russell, was not in NBA ready shape strength wise. He’s not going to be handed anything, he needs to earn it. And he will because he can.
    And credit will go to Scott whether you like it or not.

    LOL…. and that new dew… Rookie hazing at it’s best!!

    1. You can’t attribute Chris Paul’s development to Scott. Paul showed clear signs of greatness almost immediately.

      1. And what? You think Paul wasn’t developed whatsoever? You think he did it all on his own? SMH. What a joke of a counterargument! Even Paul came out and said he wouldn’t be where he is without Scott’s coaching.

        So yes, I can attribute Paul’s development to Scott. SMH.

        1. He did no more than any average NBA coach would have. You can’t say that Scott’s influence would have been any better than Mark Jackson’s, for example. I’d much rather have Mark Jackson in terms of developing Russell than I would Scott. Scott has his pluses defensively, but I would want them to prioritize Russell’s development considering their lack of future 1st round draft picks for the next few years. You really can’t recruit great NBA players without Russell showing real promise in his first year.

      2. Scott helped Kidd to to finals…

        Cp3 has very clearly attributed his early success and growth to Scott…

        And K. Irving says Scott helped him a lot…

        Scott is arguably a good “in game” coach, he has a really good resume at being a PG Guru and player developer.To me, his “old skool methods” and mentor ability are great at teaching young guys solid fundamentals and how to be pros.

        I won’t try to argue that i believe that Scott’s a championship winning coach, but I really think he’s perfect for rebuilding a young team. He’s a guy who rebuilds the culture and teaches solid fundamentals and then turns the team over to another coach who polishes the diamond and takes the team to a championship.

        Kidd, Cp3, Irving…. that’s a pretty good list.

        – Russell is the next name on the PG Guru’s All Star list.

        1. I’m sorry but Scott had nothing to do with Kidd, he was a 4 time all star long before Scott got his teeth into him, if anything Kidd made Scott look better, than the other way around. You can’t also just state Irving and Chris Paul, both of whom were naturally gifted, and then ignore the raft of other so called prospects that Scott failed to develop. For example Tristan Thompson 4th overall, finally realized his potential after Scott left
          Hilton Armstrong 12th overall
          Julian Wright 13th overall
          Brandon Bass, Scott didn’t play him, he become a useful NBA guy away from Scott
          Cedric Simmons 15th overall
          JR Smith 18th overall not wanted by Scott

          BS has somehow lucked his way to coaching 3 great naturally gifted PG’s, here’s hoping he’s lucked his way to a fourth, but not long enough to ruin the rest of these young guys. I honestly don’t see him as being good for development at all, I think that’s a reputation he has lucked his way to, I still don’t understand why he wasn’t coaching the summer league team, if he were so much about development, he would have been there coaching and not with some piece of arm candy. I also don’t see how sitting all the young potential guys during these preseason games pertains to development. If anything I think Scott will sacrifice the development of the team in favor of actually trying to win games in order to save his own job.

          EDIT: By “lucked” I mean basically coached the team to franchise worst records.

        2. J Taylor your making some good points.

          Scott is just as capable a coach as just about anyone else. If you look at the common denominator of all championship coaches it’s good, great, and role model players on each team. You must have a good mix of players and time to gel.

          This is the only season I would grade Byron Scott on coaching the Lakers . He inherited last season’s team and it was not as talented a team as this season.

          I don’t care who was coaching it would take time for any coach to get players who have never played together assembled and comfortable playing with each other.

          It’s funny how so many of these expert sideline coaches know so much about coaching but their very words contradict their understanding of the challenge Byron Scott and this team has to overcome.

          Right now B.S. is trying to see who he will keep and who he will cut. At the same time he has to figure out who his starters and rotation players will be. He has to see what combination of players works best. Then he will need to see who plays well at home and on the road since half of the games are on the road.

          And some players like Kobe who hasn’t touched a basketball or played competitively in about a year needs to get game time reps to round into game time high level condition. There is a lot going on at the same time to prepare the team for the season opener.

          Expect some ups and downs and growing pains.

          Go Lakers !

          Paytc

        3. He did well with point guards who were good on-the-floor coaches. Kidd has proven to be a very good coach. If you look at how Brooklyn fell apart without him and how well the Bucks are doing now you can see that Kidd has a great mind for the game. I suspect CP3 is the same way. However, if you look at Kyrie that team wasn’t able to do anything with Scott as the coach. Not saying that Blatt is any better just that it shows Scott benefited from having smart point guards.

          It’s even worse to say that he’s sort of a stepping stone coach. If he’s winning I wouldn’t take the team away from him.

    1. Quit overthinking this. Leave him on the bench. His performance will speak for itself. No amount of fan-will-power will change that. He will have the better chance of getting his own confidence up while riding the pine and playing against our competitor’s scrubs.

    1. Quit overthinking this. Leave him on the bench. His performance will speak for itself. No amount of fan-will-power will change that. He will have the better chance of getting his own confidence up while riding the pine and playing against our competitor’s scrubs.

  • Nice hair style with the cornrolls D’lo. Reminds me a little of The Answer. If only he could be at least half the player Ai was, I would be very happy. He definitely has Ai’s kind of heart.

    The fact that the majority of rookie point guards transitioning to the NBA struggle to become adjusted to the best bb man’s game in the world, reminds me of just how great Magic Johnson was when he came in to the league as a 20-year-old rookie.

    Seen too many nba bb games…. D’Lo will be just fine!

    1. Iverson = Russell. but not that attitude, that he things he is to good to practice AKA Iverson.

  • Nice hair style with the cornrolls D’lo. Reminds me a little of The Answer. If only he could be at least half the player Ai was, I would be very happy. He definitely has Ai’s kind of heart.

    The fact that the majority of rookie point guards transitioning to the NBA struggle to become adjusted to the best bb man’s game in the world, reminds me of just how great Magic Johnson was when he came in to the league as a 20-year-old rookie.

    Seen too many nba bb games…. D’Lo will be just fine!

    1. Iverson = Russell. but not that attitude, that he things he is to good to practice AKA Iverson.

  • I was at the game at MGM i saw with my own eyes..this lakers team is bad..the worst is they play defense flat footed..on their heels..not bouncing on their toes.. their offense doesn’t generate easy baskets..just a bunch of wild shots…and Randle might as well donate his right arm to science bc he can’t use it..
    They are lucky to win 10 games this year.

    1. You forget our roster last year. We won 21 games with a starting lineup of

      Pg Lin
      SG Clarkson
      SF Wesley Johnson
      PF boozer
      C hill

      And swaggy off the bench. Our roster is better this year, we won’t win 40 games, but we will get 30 for sure.

  • I was at the game at MGM i saw with my own eyes..this lakers team is bad..the worst is they play defense flat footed..on their heels..not bouncing on their toes.. their offense doesn’t generate easy baskets..just a bunch of wild shots…and Randle might as well donate his right arm to science bc he can’t use it..
    They are lucky to win 10 games this year.

    1. You forget our roster last year. We won 21 games with a starting lineup of

      Pg Lin
      SG Clarkson
      SF Wesley Johnson
      PF boozer
      C hill

      And swaggy off the bench. Our roster is better this year, we won’t win 40 games, but we will get 30 for sure.

  • I think a lot is going to depend on huertas, who is probable to play tonight. If huertas looks decent, dlo needs to come off the bench for a while. He’s not strong enough, he needs to work on his lateral quickness and first step as well.

    If huertas looks alright, then I let dlo come off the bench 20 min a night until the all star break and give him the starting roll after that. If huertas looks as slow and as awkward as i fear he may be or he can’t stay healthy, then dlo starts right away

    1. Are you crazy, if huertas looks good he can play the role Dlo has been playing off the bench. Do not insult your own basketball IQ by actually thinking for one minute huertas is better thank D’angelo in any phase of the game.

      1. You do know Huertas has been a starter for 10 + yeas in the EURO, League and has won 2/3 championships, he is by no means a ROOKIE he only came over here because he had all ways had dreams of playing in the NBA and for the LAKERS, he took a huge pay cut just to do it, so try to understand he can play PG.

    2. Huertas isn’t a starter. Kill that noise rt now. That ugly jumper ain’t gonna fly in the nba.

    3. You never saw NASH play he was a snail, but faster then a rabbit, with his IQ of BB 2 time back to back MVP, but that was before, one of the best PG in NBA HISTORY. your time

  • I think a lot is going to depend on huertas, who is probable to play tonight. If huertas looks decent, dlo needs to come off the bench for a while. He’s not strong enough, he needs to work on his lateral quickness and first step as well.

    If huertas looks alright, then I let dlo come off the bench 20 min a night until the all star break and give him the starting roll after that. If huertas looks as slow and as awkward as i fear he may be or he can’t stay healthy, then dlo starts right away

    1. Are you crazy, if huertas looks good he can play the role Dlo has been playing off the bench. Do not insult your own basketball IQ by actually thinking for one minute huertas is better thank D’angelo in any phase of the game.

      1. You do know Huertas has been a starter for 10 + yeas in the EURO, League and has won 2/3 championships, he is by no means a ROOKIE he only came over here because he had all ways had dreams of playing in the NBA and for the LAKERS, he took a huge pay cut just to do it, so try to understand he can play PG.

    2. Huertas isn’t a starter. Kill that noise rt now. That ugly jumper ain’t gonna fly in the nba.

    3. You never saw NASH play he was a snail, but faster then a rabbit, with his IQ of BB 2 time back to back MVP, one of the best PG in NBA HISTORY.

  • I don’t know…offense looked a little stagnant with Clarkson at the point and Huertas hasn’t run with anybody in a competitive situation.

    I say, sink or swim – it’s not like this team was going to make some noise this season anyways. Might as well see what your #2 pick is made of.

    1. I’ve been saying clarkson looks like a fish out of water trying to initiate an offense, he just isn’t a pg which is just fine.

  • I don’t know…offense looked a little stagnant with Clarkson at the point and Huertas hasn’t run with anybody in a competitive situation.

    I say let him sink or swim – it’s not like this team was going to make some noise this season anyways. Might as well see what your #2 pick is made of.

    1. I’ve been saying clarkson looks like a fish out of water trying to initiate an offense, he just isn’t a pg which is just fine.

  • This is a waste of time to mention BUT D.R. is NOT a second pick. He will end up being a bench guy & the Lakers will have to go out & get a “real” point next year when Kobe dollars are gone. They still NEED a young center, small forward & point.

  • This is a waste of time to mention BUT D.R. is NOT a second pick. He will end up being a bench guy & the Lakers will have to go out & get a “real” point next year when Kobe dollars are gone. They still NEED a young center, small forward & point.

  • Told ya all that Russel should come off the bench at least for the first three-to-four months. Indeed, not only do we need to pile up as many wins as we can at the beginning of season but Russel also needs some time to make the necessary adjustements to compete at nba level.

    Clarkson / Russel / Huertas
    Young / Williams / Brown
    Bryant / Brown / Holmes
    Randle / Bass / Nance Jr
    Hibbert / Black or Upshaw

  • Told ya all that Russel should come off the bench at least for the first three-to-four months. Indeed, not only do we need to pile up as many wins as we possibly can at the beginning of season but Russel also needs some time to make the necessary adjustements to compete at nba level.

    Clarkson / Russel / Huertas
    Young / Williams / Brown
    Bryant / Brown / Holmes
    Randle / Bass / Nance Jr
    Hibbert / Black or Upshaw

  • Beat gs w. Coach Byron Scott, and staff is not as stupid as some may believe. I’m Not buying Access sportsnet Market money pitch, Access sportsnet is just one of the largest Donators to Lakers. Now they think LA Fans are stupid too. ASNet wants to shove down throats of fans, “D’Anglo is Great”. . .NOT. Love D’Lo as God’s creature, wonderful human – but the next couple years, D’Lo skill is compared to a Ford Pinto amongst the Bentley’s and BMW. ASportsNet is talking SMACK, about how great and wonderful their Ford Pinto is, non-stop. While the league has skill of Bentleys, oh Mr / Mrs AccessSNet !! ENOUGH already

  • Beat gs w. Coach Byron Scott, and staff is not as stupid as some may believe. I’m Not buying Access sportsnet Market money pitch, Access sportsnet is just one of the largest Donators to Lakers. Now they think LA Fans are stupid too. ASNet wants to shove down throats of fans, “D’Anglo is Great”. . .NOT. Love D’Lo as God’s creature, wonderful human – but the next couple years, D’Lo skill is compared to a Ford Pinto amongst the Bentley’s and BMW. ASportsNet is talking SMACK, about how great and wonderful their Ford Pinto is, non-stop. While the league has skill of Bentleys, oh Mr / Mrs AccessSNet !! ENOUGH already

  • also, btw, I will never judge the appearance . . . u could be and are whatever . . . but step on the P&G Court and call your self the greatest, then I have an opinion about your saying your the greatest skilled play-a !!!

  • also, btw, I will never judge the appearance . . . u could be and are whatever . . . but step on the P&G Court and call your self the greatest, then I have an opinion about your saying your the greatest skilled play-a !!!

  • I stand by it, Kobe came off the bench his first couple of years and was given minutes, but it allowed him the chance to get used to the NBA playing style. Russell has the confidence, but anyone can be broken if pushed too quickly at his age, at least if they’re not ready.

  • I stand by it, Kobe came off the bench his first couple of years and was given minutes, but it allowed him the chance to get used to the NBA playing style. Russell has the confidence, but anyone can be broken if pushed too quickly at his age, at least if they’re not ready.

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