Monday NBA Roundup: Byron Scott, Lakers Preparing for Post-Kobe Era All Wrong

December 7th, 2015 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

In a season that has been little more than an icon-servicing exhibition, Byron Scott and the Los Angeles Lakers, held captive by the presence of Kobe Bryant, don't have many good ways to prepare for a post-Bryant world.

And they may have just blown their best one.

Before a 102-93 loss to the Toronto Raptors on Monday, Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reported that Scott would remove D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle from the starting lineup. Russell, the rookie, wasn't pleased:

Neither was Randle, who'd been averaging 11.7 points and 9.2 rebounds coming into the contest:

Scott's explanation, relayed by Serena Winters of Lakers Nation, defied reason:

The Lakers are among the worst teams in the league, and lineup changes would make sense under normal circumstances. But Scott refuses to bench Bryant, who drew chants of "We want Kobe" from the road crowd in Toronto, despite the fact that he's been, by far, the most damaging big-minute player in the league this year. 

That's not to say Russell and Randle should ha ...

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