Byron Scott On Why Lakers Passed On Drafting Kristaps Porzingis
Kristaps Porzingis: ‘my Favorite Player Growing Up Was Kobe Bryant’
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After their first win of the 2015-16 NBA season against the Brooklyn Nets, the Los Angeles Lakers will cross the East River to face the New York Knicks. While all the attention is on what may be Kobe Bryant’s final appearance at the Garden, there is an intriguing matchup between D’Angelo Russell and Kristaps Porzingis.

Before selecting Russell with their second overall pick at the 2015 NBA Draft, the Lakers were considering Porzingis. However, head coach Byron Scott shared the Lakers thought it would take him some time to develop according to ESPN’s Baxter Holmes:

“[We] just thought it was going to take him some time [to develop],” Scott said.

While it is still early in the season, Porzingis is averaging 12.3 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Knicks. As a result, Scott acknowledged the Lakers were probably a little wrong and complimented the rookie’s play, via Holmes:

“Obviously, we were probably a little wrong about that because he’s playing pretty well right now,” Scott said.

While Porzingis earned high praise during workouts, the Lakers ultimately chose Russell. Although the point guard is still adjusting his game, he had his best game of the young season against the Nets with 16 points and four rebounds in 23 minutes.

It will take a couple more seasons to determine if the Lakers made the right decision by passing on Porzingis. However, the Lakers have a nice young core in Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson who are expected to carry the franchise for the post-Kobe Bryant era.

Zinger looking great for the Knicks. Once he starts hitting the 3pt shot, he’s going to be a real force for NY. I really am impressed how much he’s competing on both ends of the floor.

Him, KAT, and Mudiay are really looking to be the best of this draft class.

  • Zinger looking great for the Knicks. Once he starts hitting the 3pt shot, he’s going to be a real force for NY. I really am impressed how much he’s competing on both ends of the floor.

    Him, KAT, and Mudiay are really looking to be the best of this draft class.

  • Scott is getting everybody ready to see Russell’s minutes decreased considerably. Lakers Nation is always asking Byron Scott why Russell isn’t playing more in the 4th. Well, Scott is getting ready to play Russell even less now (according to an ESPN article). That’s why he’s talking up another rookie that was picked after Russell when he refused to do so just a week ago.

  • Scott is getting everybody ready to see Russell’s minutes decreased considerably. Serena Winters is always asking Byron Scott why Russell isn’t playing more in the 4th. Well, Scott is getting ready to play Russell even less now (according to an ESPN article). That’s why he’s talking up another rookie that was picked after Russell when he refused to do so just a week ago. He wants to scapegoat Russell and tear him down because Jim Buss is putting pressure on him.

  • Mudiay is shooting 30% from the field, 5 turnovers per game, and just under 12 ppg. Give Russell credit, In limited minutes he’s still shooting 40% from the field with 10 ppg.

    Also, Okafor is playing really great. That’s really the only other player the Lakers were considering. I don’t even know why Scott would bring up Porzingis when Okafor would have been the only choice if they were going to get a big.

  • Mudiay is shooting 30% from the field, 5 turnovers per game, and just under 12 ppg. Give Russell credit, In limited minutes he’s still shooting 40% from the field with 10 ppg.

    Also, Okafor is playing really great. That’s really the only other player the Lakers were considering. I don’t even know why Scott would bring up Porzingis when Okafor would have been the only choice if they were going to get a big.

  • i think he is talking about when byron said he is going to start cutting minutes for people who aren’t playing hard. not Russel only but in general.

  • Okafor is playing well, but his defense needs a lot of work. I am withholding my judgement on him till the second half of the season.

    I like Mudiay’s game. He shoots poorly but that was to be expected. I think he looks very comfortable running the point and doing a good job too. They played OKC and he guarded Westbrook, they are definitely giving him a lot of responsibility, and he’s delivering. His many turnovers I don’t think are deal breakers to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s down below 4 avg after ASB.

  • Probably because Byron was asked that question, while he’s in New York for todays game.

  • i think he is talking about when byron said he is going to start cutting minutes for people who aren’t playing hard. not Russel only but in general.

  • Okafor is playing well, but his defense needs a lot of work. I am withholding my judgement on him till the second half of the season.

    I like Mudiay’s game. He shoots poorly but that was to be expected. I think he looks very comfortable running the point and doing a good job too. They played OKC and he guarded Westbrook, they are definitely giving him a lot of responsibility, and he’s delivering. His many turnovers I don’t think are deal breakers to me. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s down below 4 avg after ASB.

  • Probably because Byron was asked that question, while he’s in New York for todays game.

  • I kinda have to agree with Byron. Russell is blowing a lot of rotations but so is Randle and Kobe. Kelly and Bass look to be out of the rotation due to their less than stellar defensive play. If he keeps playing those three heavy minutes we are going to be the worst defensive team in the NBA.

  • He could have reframed from making excuses for why they didn’t pick up Porzingis. He basically said it as if drafting Russell was a mistake. He didn’t have to do that.

  • I kinda have to agree with Byron. Russell is blowing a lot of rotations but so is Randle and Kobe. Kelly and Bass look to be out of the rotation due to their less than stellar defensive play. If he keeps playing those three heavy minutes we are going to be the worst defensive team in the NBA.

  • He could have reframed from making excuses for why they didn’t pick up Porzingis. He basically said it as if drafting Russell was a mistake. He didn’t have to do that.

  • I think he’s talking up this rookie because his comments about Mudiay were seen as talking down that rookie. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • I wasn’t talking to you. If you want to add something try and be constructive and list specific things. “isn’t playing well” just doesn’t add anything.

  • I think he’s talking up this rookie because his comments about Mudiay were seen as talking down that rookie. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • I wasn’t talking to you. If you want to add something try and be constructive and list specific things. “isn’t playing well” just doesn’t add anything.

  • The problem with Mudiay is that you can’t be that raw and not be an exceptional athlete. He’s sort of like Rondo without the speed and agility. That decreases his upside considerably. If he had a decent jumper or was a lockdown defender that would be different.

  • You’re twisting his words man, it’s obvious that Porzingis is playing and he acknowledged that. He hasn’t even compared or referred to Russell in his statement.

  • The problem with Mudiay is that you can’t be that raw and not be an exceptional athlete. He’s sort of like Rondo without the speed and agility. That decreases his upside considerably. If he had a decent jumper or was a lockdown defender that would be different.

  • You’re twisting his words man, it’s obvious that Porzingis is playing and he acknowledged that. He hasn’t even compared or referred to Russell in his statement.

  • Lol, don’t be rude. If you looked right underneath her comment you would see mine stating Mudiay’s low FG% and high turnovers.

  • Lol, don’t be rude. If you looked right underneath her comment you would see mine stating Mudiay’s low FG% and high turnovers.

  • They asked him the same question about Muiday and Okafor a week ago and he refused to play into it. Plus, an article was just posted on ESPN stating that he’s considering decreasing Russell’s minutes if his defense doesn’t improve. When you take all of that into consideration it’s obvious what he is doing. He is downplaying Russell so that he can justify playing him less minutes.

  • They asked him the same question about Muiday and Okafor a week ago and he refused to play into it. Plus, an article was just posted on ESPN stating that he’s considering decreasing Russell’s minutes if his defense doesn’t improve. When you take all of that into consideration it’s obvious what he is doing. He is downplaying Russell so that he can justify playing him less minutes.

  • Ok, well I understand that. However, he has basically said that he will bench Russell if he keeps missing defensive assignments. So in my mind it sounded like he is getting everybody ready to see Russell playing like 5-10 minutes 2 or 3 games from now.

  • Ok, well I understand that. However, he has basically said that he will bench Russell if he keeps missing defensive assignments. So in my mind it sounded like he is getting everybody ready to see Russell playing like 5-10 minutes 2 or 3 games from now.

  • If you already stated why you didn’t like him, why the empty comment? If you want to add something then go ahead but empty statements are kinda rude too.

  • Exactly, so is Kobe. They need to develop Russell. If they can keep their pick next year then that’s fine, but for now Russell is their only top pick. The Lakers need to do everything they can do help with his development.

  • If you already stated why you didn’t like him, why the empty comment? If you want to add something then go ahead but empty statements are kinda rude too.

  • Exactly, so is Kobe. They need to develop Russell. If they can keep their pick next year then that’s fine, but for now Russell is their only top pick. The Lakers need to do everything they can do help with his development.

  • How would espn even know about what Byron is thinking or planning? At the end of the day they are a media outlet to write stories that will stir views. Just look at their polls man, ranking kobe as 93rd best player.

  • How would espn even know about what Byron is thinking or planning? At the end of the day they are a media outlet to write stories that will stir views. Just look at their polls man, ranking kobe as 93rd best player.

  • Yeah, that’s it.

    When they asked him specifically about Russell this is what Byron Scott said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

  • Yeah, that’s it.

    When they asked him specifically about Russell this is what Byron Scott said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

  • His draft profile list him as an exceptional athlete. Even with his large size and lack of a jumper he’s able to get to the rim frequently. Going forward that size will always put huge pressure on the opponents defense. That has all the markings of a great player.

  • His draft profile list him as an exceptional athlete. Even with his large size and lack of a jumper he’s able to get to the rim frequently. Going forward that size will always put huge pressure on the opponents defense. That has all the markings of a great player.

  • They quoted Byron Scott.

    They asked him specifically about Russell and this is what he said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

    Until Ben Simmons gets here Russell is their only top pick and they need to do whatever they can to make sure he develops into a good player if not great.

  • Just seeing a lot more warts in his game as teams start to scout him. His jump shot especially which I thought he could improve quickly based on his pre-season averages but now it is getting worse instead of better. Also his decision making seems to be getting worse, although again probably because teams are scouting him. I still think he can be a good player in the future, but I don’t see him in the same class as Towns and Zing.

  • They quoted Byron Scott.

    They asked him specifically about Russell and this is what he said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

    Until Ben Simmons gets here Russell is their only top pick and they need to do whatever they can to make sure he develops into a good player if not great.

  • Just seeing a lot more warts in his game as teams start to scout him. His jump shot especially which I thought he could improve quickly based on his pre-season averages but now it is getting worse instead of better. Also his decision making seems to be getting worse, although again probably because teams are scouting him. I still think he can be a good player in the future, but I don’t see him in the same class as Towns and Zing.

  • Nah, maybe compared to D’Angelo Russell, but it’s night and day when you compare him to Westbrook or Rondo in his prime. What he has going for him is that he’s a pure point guard at 6’5, but in this league that is simply not enough to be even a top 20 PG in the league.

  • Nah, maybe compared to D’Angelo Russell, but it’s night and day when you compare him to Westbrook or Rondo in his prime. What he has going for him is that he’s a pure point guard at 6’5, but in this league that is simply not enough to be even a top 20 PG.

  • He will. BS had to pull him at the end of the Net game for exactly this reason.

  • He will. BS had to pull him at the end of the Net game for exactly this reason.

  • Okafor is definitely playing better than Zinger and Mudiay, and has arguably been the best rookie so far.

  • Okafor is definitely playing better than Zinger and Mudiay, and has arguably been the best rookie so far.

  • Nah, not all. He’s not playing at an ROY level based on his stats. 40% is low. 30% is really bad and it’s not like he’s shooting at 30% scoring 20 ppg. He’s only scoring around 12 ppg so as his shot selection improves his ppg will probably decrease even more. Unless he becomes Gary Payton on the defensive end he won’t be a good pro.

  • Just shows if the Lakers FO is listening to Byron then they’re a bunch of impatient idiots. If you have something special you wait. As it is they’re making the same excuse in favor of D’angelo. “It’s going D’angelo take some time.”

  • Not at all. He’s not playing at an ROY level based on his stats. 40% is low. 30% is really bad and it’s not like he’s shooting at 30% scoring 20 ppg. He’s only scoring around 12 ppg so as his shot selection improves his ppg will probably decrease even more. Unless he becomes Gary Payton on the defensive end he won’t be a good pro.

  • Just shows if the Lakers FO is listening to Byron then they’re a bunch of impatient idiots. If you have something special you wait. As it is they’re making the same excuse in favor of D’angelo. “It’s going D’angelo take some time.”

  • He’s a rookie. It will take him time to get his assignments. Just like it took Mirotic and Mcdermott the whole year to get their defensive assignments last season.

  • He’s a rookie. It will take him time to get his assignments. Just like it took Mirotic and Mcdermott the whole year to get their defensive assignments last season.

  • I kind of don’t blame him knowing Jim Buss. I doubt Scott will make it through the month so he’s going to have to put the blame on somebody.

  • I kind of don’t blame him knowing Jim Buss. I doubt Scott will make it through the month so he’s going to have to put the blame on somebody.

  • No, it’s not a twist.

    When they asked him specifically about Russell this is what Byron Scott said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

    Keep in mind that Russell only played 23 minutes in the last game. He’s getting ready to play Russell even less minutes than that.

  • No, it’s not a twist.

    When they asked him specifically about Russell this is what Byron Scott said:

    “I’m saying that he has to start getting it, just like the other young guys have to start getting it, and if they don’t, they won’t play as much,” Scott said.

    Keep in mind that Russell only played 23 minutes in the last game. He’s getting ready to play Russell even less minutes than that.

  • One thing about Zing and Towns I just love is that they are both very real. Do not seem caught up in being cool or “”swaggy””. They are even a little dorky haha. They live in the moment, have a lot of fire.

  • That’s what’s great about players who are active, doing all the things to help his team win. If Zinger is hitting his shot, he’s still getting rebounds, getting putbacks, blocking shots, making steals, playing defense. IMO Kat is #1, Zinger #2, Okafor #3. Mudiay #4.

    Okafor has more points but he plays 10 more minutes/game yet getting 2 less rebs less than Zinger who gets 24 minutes. If KP was gettign 30 minutes he’s probably doing 16/10/1.5 blocks. KAT is proving why he was the #1 OA. Mudiay is eratic and can’t shoot worth a lick but putting good assists totals.

  • One thing about Zing and Towns I just love is that they are both very real. Do not seem caught up in being cool or “”swaggy””. They are even a little dorky haha. They live in the moment, have a lot of fire.

  • That’s what’s great about players who are active, doing all the things to help his team win. If Zinger is hitting his shot, he’s still getting rebounds, getting putbacks, blocking shots, making steals, playing defense. IMO Kat is #1, Zinger #2, Okafor #3. Mudiay #4.

    Okafor has more points but he plays 10 more minutes/game yet getting 2 less rebs less than Zinger who gets 24 minutes. If KP was gettign 30 minutes he’s probably doing 16/10/1.5 blocks. KAT is proving why he was the #1 OA. Mudiay is eratic and can’t shoot worth a lick but putting good assists totals.

  • It’s not Byron’s fault at all. If they wanted a big they would have picked up Okafor. The reason why they didn’t was because the Lakers were sure they could get Aldrdige, Monroe, or Deandre Jordan last summer. That’s not Byron’s fault, that’s Jim Buss’ fault.

  • It’s not Byron’s fault at all. If they wanted a big they would have picked up Okafor. The reason why they didn’t was because the Lakers were sure they could get Aldrdige, Monroe, or Deandre Jordan last summer. That’s not Byron’s fault, that’s Jim Buss’ fault.

  • Yeah, Okafor is playing much better than Porzingis. The only problem is that Okafor is only averaging 5 rebounds per game.

  • Yeah, Okafor is playing much better than Porzingis. The only problem is that Okafor is only averaging 5 rebounds per game.

  • Muiday only has a 30% field goal percentage and over 5 tunrovers per game. Everbody still thinks Mudiay is a top ROY candidate based on all the predictions that claimed he would be ROY. He’s not playing that well at all.

  • Muiday only has a 30% field goal percentage and over 5 tunrovers per game. Everbody still thinks Mudiay is a top ROY candidate based on all the predictions that claimed he would be ROY. He’s not playing that well at all.

  • Admitting a little mistake in some arenas means you’ve made a huge mistake. Since the protocol is not to admit any mistakes at all… just say it was their direction.

  • I wasn’t as high on Okafor as most. Just seems he doesn’t fit very many systems. Never see him getting minutes on a team like Warriors. My draft board was:

    Towns
    Winslow
    Russell
    Johnson

    Although not saying I am right but out of college I saw these four having the best NBA careers. I didn’t know enough about Mudiay or Zing at the time, but if I had to redo it now I would put Zing second.

  • Admitting a little mistake in some arenas means you’ve made a huge mistake. Since the protocol is not to admit any mistakes at all… just say it was their direction.

  • I wasn’t as high on Okafor as most. Just seems he doesn’t fit very many systems. Never see him getting minutes on a team like Warriors. My draft board was:

    Towns
    Winslow
    Russell
    Johnson

    Although not saying I am right but out of college I saw these four having the best NBA careers. I didn’t know enough about Mudiay or Zing at the time, but if I had to redo it now I would put Zing second.

  • Whoever fault, there’s no room for lack of vision, when forward vision is what you need to rebuild this franchise. I give them mad credit for seeing something in Clarkson. Randle basically fell in their lap, but not taking a player because he needed time isn’t what a rebuilding team should do. You’re rebuilding, you have time. And it turns out, the guy you thought needed time , doesn’t really. Yah, that’s Jim’s fault.

  • Whoever fault, there’s no room for lack of vision, when forward vision is what you need to rebuild this franchise. I give them mad credit for seeing something in Clarkson. Randle basically fell in their lap, but not taking a player because he needed time isn’t what a rebuilding team should do. You’re rebuilding, you have time. And it turns out, the guy you thought needed time , doesn’t really. Yah, that’s Jim’s fault.

  • Porzingis still wouldn’t be the top pick for the Lakers even if they redid the draft today. Okafor is playing a lot better than him.

  • Porzingis still wouldn’t be the top pick for the Lakers even if they redid the draft today. Okafor is playing a lot better than him.

  • His defense has really surprised me. Gets in foul trouble but covers so much ground. Hard to find guys that long that move that well. Cannot teach that. I can see him being defensive player of the league in a few years time as he gets stronger, smarter and quicker.

  • His defense has really surprised me. Gets in foul trouble but covers so much ground. Hard to find guys that long that move that well. Cannot teach that. I can see him being defensive player of the league in a few years time as he gets stronger, smarter and quicker.

  • If he can improve. That’s a big if because he might not have the coordination at 7’3 to improve that much over the course of his career. Right now he’s still a bit clumsy, but he definitely has a big upside.

  • If he can improve. That’s a big if because he might not have the coordination at 7’3 to improve that much over the course of his career. Right now he’s still a bit clumsy, but he definitely has a big upside.

  • I definitely don’t think it was a mistake to draft Russell. If that was what he was doing then they can trade Russell right now and watch him blossom on another team.

  • I definitely don’t think it was a mistake to draft Russell. If that was what he was doing then they can trade Russell right now and watch him blossom on another team.

  • I would have to disagree. It’s a two sides of the court. The spread offense needs mobile defenders, KP is exactly that. So he contributes to the defense far more than Okafor.

    As far as offense, here are the comparisons.
    Okafor 34 minutes. 8.2 for 15.5 FGA (52.7%) 5.5 rebs. 1.3 assts. 1.2 blocks. .3 steals.
    Zinger. 24 minutes. 4.5/11 FGA (41 %) 8.2 rebs. .7 assts. 1.2 blocks. 1.5 steals.

    The only thing Okafor does better is scoring even though he plays 10 more minutes /game.

  • I would have to disagree. It’s a two sides of the court. The spread offense needs mobile defenders, KP is exactly that. So he contributes to the defense far more than Okafor.

    As far as offense, here are the comparisons.
    Okafor 34 minutes. 8.2 for 15.5 FGA (52.7%) 5.5 rebs. 1.3 assts. 1.2 blocks. .3 steals.
    Zinger. 24 minutes. 4.5/11 FGA (41 %) 8.2 rebs. .7 assts. 1.2 blocks. 1.5 steals.

    The only thing Okafor does better is scoring even though he plays 10 more minutes /game.

  • Predraft, that’s what sold me on him eventually being an elite player. Willingness to cover the court. I knew he could shoot. But that defensive fire was what differed from the other Euros before him.

  • Predraft, that’s what sold me on him eventually being an elite player. Willingness to cover the court. I knew he could shoot. But that defensive fire was what differed from the other Euros before him.

  • Better Scoring and he is much more efficient with a fg% of 52 percent. He is the best scorer on his teams and defenses are only focused on him. With Porzingis we are talking about potential, not what he is doing right now. He showed that he has potential, but that’s about it.

  • Let me rephrase that. Which NBA Rookie that plays for the Lakers is caught up in being cool? 😉

  • Better Scoring and he is much more efficient with a fg% of 52 percent. He is the best scorer on his teams and defenses are only focused on him. With Porzingis we are talking about potential, not what he is doing right now. He showed that he has potential, but that’s about it.

  • Let me rephrase that. Which NBA Rookie that plays for the Lakers is caught up in being cool? 😉

  • If we are talking about potential, I’d rather take someone with a far greater ceiling. That ceiling just got higher because he’s ahead of his time table. Okafor is known to be a scorer, and always will be – nothing else.

    Okafor will score but he will be exploited for his defense just as much.

    Dwayne wade vs Melo, I’d take Wade. 10/10 times.

  • If we are talking about potential, I’d rather take someone with a far greater ceiling. That ceiling just got higher because he’s ahead of his time table. Okafor is known to be a scorer, and always will be – nothing else.

    Okafor will score but he will be exploited for his defense just as much.

    Dwayne wade vs Melo, I’d take Wade. 10/10 times.

  • Byron thinks it’s at least a “little” mistake. If they wanted to trade D’angelo for KP straight up, Phil would laugh all over Jim’s face. That’s on you “Jimmy boy.”

  • Byron thinks it’s at least a “little” mistake. If they wanted to trade D’angelo for KP straight up, Phil would laugh all over Jim’s face. That’s on you “Jimmy boy.”

  • Maybe i’m wrong but that’s what I’ve sensed in predraft. he’s telling people what they want to hear. It’s a good act for sure.

  • Maybe i’m wrong but that’s what I’ve sensed in predraft. he’s telling people what they want to hear. It’s a good act for sure.

  • Prozingis is the beneficiary of low expectations. Everyone thought he was going to be a bust now. Team’s never had a scouting report for him.

    There’s no guarantee that he will be that much better in a year or two. Okafor is averaging just as many blocks per game as Porzingis. Plus, Okafor could improve even more as a scorer. He could easily get to 26-27 ppg.

    Wade vs Melo doesn’t even apply.

  • Prozingis is the beneficiary of low expectations. Everyone thought he was going to be a bust now. Team’s never had a scouting report for him.

    There’s no guarantee that he will be that much better in a year or two. Okafor is averaging just as many blocks per game as Porzingis. Plus, Okafor could improve even more as a scorer. He could easily get to 26-27 ppg.

    Wade vs Melo doesn’t even apply.

  • I knew that’s what you were trying to say. What’s important is how you connect with your teammates and whether or not you are willing and able to learn. Having a strange hairstyle doesn’t mean you are aloof.

  • I knew that’s what you were trying to say. What’s important is how you connect with your teammates and whether or not you are willing and able to learn. Having a strange hairstyle doesn’t mean you are aloof.

  • Haha, no not hairstyle, I mean how he carries himself. He seems like he is really cool, but so does most 19 year old in the US. Good to see some young guys just be themselves.

  • Haha, no not hairstyle, I mean how he carries himself. He seems like he is really cool, but so does most 19 year old in the US. Good to see some young guys just be themselves.

  • Scott needs to cease and desist answering questions about why he didn’t draft someone. He keeps saying they thought it would take time for said player to develop but they went long on Russell. Okafor was the only right now ready talent. SMH

  • off course Wade melo applies. One is a scorer the other is an all purpose player.
    Yah it’s so high pressure to play for Philly and the expectations there . and a cakewalk to play in NY. If you think Okafor blocks 1.2 shots he’s a good defender, just watch him guard Kaminsky. Glued to the floor. If it wasn’t for elite defender Noel, everyone would see how Okafor fails as the primary defender.
    You can say teams did not see this and that. It was crystal clear to me what’s he doing now, is what he would do at the pro level. Didn’t need scouting report t. Just watched some of his pro games prior to the NBA to see the skill sets.

  • Scott needs to cease and desist answering questions about why he didn’t draft someone. He keeps saying they thought it would take time for said player to develop but they went long on Russell. Okafor was the only right now ready talent. SMH

  • off course Wade melo applies. One is a scorer the other is an all purpose player.
    Yah it’s so high pressure to play for Philly and the expectations there . and a cakewalk to play in NY. If you think Okafor blocks 1.2 shots he’s a good defender, just watch him guard Kaminsky. Glued to the floor. If it wasn’t for elite defender Noel, everyone would see how Okafor fails as the primary defender.
    You can say teams did not see this and that. It was crystal clear to me what’s he doing now, is what he would do at the pro level. Didn’t need scouting report t. Just watched some of his pro games prior to the NBA to see the skill sets.

  • Yes I think russle is better and you forgot to mention when he’s on the court he has 3 other players trying to run point clarkson randle kobe

  • Yes I think russle is better and you forgot to mention when he’s on the court he has 3 other players trying to run point clarkson randle kobe

  • Another dumb Byron quote to add to the collection. Did they really draft Russell thinking he’d impact the team right away? No. What’s the difference?

  • Another dumb Byron quote to add to the collection. Did they really draft Russell thinking he’d impact the team right away? No. What’s the difference?

  • Given the situation and all the factors… and even hindsight.

    Mitch got the pick right.

  • Given the situation and all the factors… and even hindsight.

    Mitch got the pick right.

  • Zing might be the better guy in the long term, but the Lakers already had a PF. And the team isn’t in a position where it can take 3-4 years to develop a player. Russell is already stretching the limit at 2.

  • Zing might be the better guy in the long term, but the Lakers already had a PF. And the team isn’t in a position where it can take 3-4 years to develop a player. Russell is already stretching the limit at 2.

  • Russell 1 year learning curve.
    Proz = 2-3 year learning curve AND the team already had Randle.

  • Russell 1 year learning curve.
    Proz = 2-3 year learning curve AND the team already had Randle.

  • Only because he’s on the 76’ers and told to shoot the ball any time he has a chance.

    Being the best player on the worst team in the league doesn’t say much.

  • Only because he’s on the 76’ers and told to shoot the ball any time he has a chance.

    Being the best player on the worst team in the league doesn’t say much.

  • Mudiay?
    Have you watched any games with mudiay or just scanned the box score?

    Mudiay is playing like garbage. It’s just that he’s a combo guard and people think that scoring 12 points is an accomplishment. They kinda miss the 6-8 turnovers, the fact that he has *almost* a full year of veteran experience.

    When he peaks at one step above Bledsoe’s level, we’ll all be glad Mitch picked Russell.

  • Mudiay?
    Have you watched any games with mudiay or just scanned the box score?

    Mudiay is playing like garbage. It’s just that he’s a combo guard and people think that scoring 12 points is an accomplishment. They kinda miss the 6-8 turnovers, the fact that he has *almost* a full year of veteran experience.

    When he peaks at one step above Bledsoe’s level, we’ll all be glad Mitch picked Russell.

  • A lot of “little wrongs” are adding up to be one big wrong.

  • A lot of “little wrongs” are adding up to be one big wrong.

  • Hasn’t every team that’s played the Cavs taken them to the last 5 minutes of the game?

    It doesn’t say much other than the Cavs aren’t as good as we expected as of today.

  • Hasn’t every team that’s played the Cavs taken them to the last 5 minutes of the game?

    It doesn’t say much other than the Cavs aren’t as good as we expected as of today.

  • How does he have a 1 year learning curve while Porzingis has a 2-3 year curve despite Porzingis already playing better? Russell doesn’t even look anything close to an NBA player. PUHLEASE.

  • How does he have a 1 year learning curve while Porzingis has a 2-3 year curve despite Porzingis already playing better? Russell doesn’t even look anything close to an NBA player. PUHLEASE.

  • you are clearly just basing this off of points per game. IMO Towns is clearly the ROY so far, Okafor might average 20 points to Towns almost 16, but Towns averages 4 more boards and 2 more blocks a game while playing less minutes. If you have watched Towns his defense is already really good. Overall game its hands down Towns

  • you are clearly just basing this off of points per game. IMO Towns is clearly the ROY so far, Okafor might average 20 points to Towns almost 16, but Towns averages 4 more boards and 2 more blocks a game while playing less minutes. If you have watched Towns his defense is already really good. Overall game its hands down Towns

  • Towns is clearly the best OVERALL player. Okafor has great post moves, actually amazing for his age but towns can score all over and his defense is legit with 3 blocks a game.

  • Towns is clearly the best OVERALL player. Okafor has great post moves, actually amazing for his age but towns can score all over and his defense is legit with 3 blocks a game.

  • Okafors defense is terrible. he’s going to be another al jefferson. atleast KP can play some D

  • Okafors defense is terrible. he’s going to be another al jefferson. atleast KP can play some D

  • Porzingis can be great. I can see that now how he was able to just pull up so easily. Once he gets acclimated to the NBA speed he could be a 20ppg scorer easily, but don’t just gloss over Okafor.

  • Porzingis can be great. I can see that now how he was able to just pull up so easily. Once he gets acclimated to the NBA speed he could be a 20ppg scorer easily, but don’t just gloss over Okafor.

  • I’m not glossing over Okafor. He has mad post skills and will always be an offensive force. May even get to elite scoring status like melo. But it still doesn’t change the fact that if he has to switch out against a wing player, it’s a mismatch. The reason coach K sat him down so much in crunch time.

    In Philadelphia, they’re not winning anything so who cares if Okafor gets beat. He plays thru as long as he can give his team points.

  • I’m not glossing over Okafor. He has mad post skills and will always be an offensive force. May even get to elite scoring status like melo. But it still doesn’t change the fact that if he has to switch out against a wing player, it’s a mismatch. The reason coach K sat him down so much in crunch time.

    In Philadelphia, they’re not winning anything so who cares if Okafor gets beat. He plays thru as long as he can give his team points.

  • The regulars here need to be told they’re 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time, or they act out rudely. The site allows it as they drive away life long Laker fans.

  • The regulars here need to be told they’re 100 percent right, 100 percent of the time, or they act out rudely. The site allows it as they drive away life long Laker fans.

  • I concur Town is potentially a better player than Okafor and he’s shown flashes of that in the first few games. I’m basing my statement on metrics that, of course, are really sensitive to how long a player is played. The season is young though, and more meaningful comparisons will become possible as more games will be played and the minutes spent on the floor will grow closer for both centers. I stick to my opinion so far.

  • I concur Town is potentially a better player than Okafor and he’s shown flashes of that in the first few games. I’m basing my statement on metrics that, of course, are really sensitive to how long a player is played. The season is young though, and more meaningful comparisons will become possible as more games will be played and the minutes spent on the floor will grow closer for both centers. I stick to my opinion so far.

  • The reasons why a player is played so long and given all that responsibility do not matter. He’s being that good, so far, regardless of the team where he’s playing.

  • The reasons why a player is played so long and given all that responsibility do not matter. He’s being that good, so far, regardless of the team where he’s playing.

  • you know what okafor is great so is porzingis.
    mudiay is decent and towns is a monster.
    but we have to have more faith in our guy.
    so to me Dangelo is better than all of them.
    we have to worry about LA not about denver philly or NY….

  • you know what okafor is great so is porzingis.
    mudiay is decent and towns is a monster.
    but we have to have more faith in our guy.
    so to me Dangelo is better than all of them.
    we have to worry about LA not about denver philly or NY….

  • warms up your arms helps you shoot better.
    sometimes it can be bad though if you sweat too much.
    are you a baller D?
    the 1 i like to wear is on my leg right on my left calf muscle.
    or wristband on right elbow. im superstitious just like everybody else i guess.

  • warms up your arms helps you shoot better.
    sometimes it can be bad though if you sweat too much.
    are you a baller D?
    the 1 i like to wear is on my leg right on my left calf muscle.
    or wristband on right elbow. im superstitious just like everybody else i guess.

  • well lets hope he can back it up bc we wasted 2nd pick on him. so lets get him motivated.

  • well lets hope he can back it up bc we wasted 2nd pick on him. so lets get him motivated.

  • Okafor will be the third best center in the nba at worst. Mudiay idk if he will even be borderline

  • Okafor will be the third best center in the nba at worst. Mudiay idk if he will even be borderline

  • No he doe this to rookies since before laker he’s seeing what he’s made of Just google Byron Scott hard on rookies he told clarkson he won play till he learned to paste his self he didn’t play till allstar break even with are injurys this is how he coaches rookies

  • No he doe this to rookies since before laker he’s seeing what he’s made of Just google Byron Scott hard on rookies he told clarkson he won play till he learned to paste his self he didn’t play till allstar break even with are injurys this is how he coaches rookies

  • La fans needs to support Dangelo bc were not trading him.
    Hes not only here to stay hes our future.
    the guys need to pick and roll and get passes.
    Dangelo needs to tell them to roll to the hoop more and even try alley oop passes.
    even if we miss a few id like to see the effort.
    nance black hibbert randle should all be able to complete an alley oop dunk.

  • La fans needs to support Dangelo bc were not trading him.
    Hes not only here to stay hes our future.
    the guys need to pick and roll and get passes.
    Dangelo needs to tell them to roll to the hoop more and even try alley oop passes.
    even if we miss a few id like to see the effort.
    nance black hibbert randle should all be able to complete an alley oop dunk.

  • Well everyone was saying Clarksons numbers were inflated last season because he was on a horrible team
    So what about Okafor

  • Well everyone was saying Clarksons numbers were inflated last season because he was on a horrible team
    So what about Okafor

  • D’Angelo was drafted because of his potential and how he plays on the floor aka shooting and passing. Not so much his D.
    Let’s listen to what he said after the Lakers gave him a second look, paraphrasing “I thought they already had a ball handling guard.” He was as or more surprised by the pick than us Lakers fans.
    When you look at any of the vids of him, he is the main handler and needs to have the ball in his hands. Did you see what happened, when he got a rhythm going in game 4? He needs to see the flow. In the sense that D’antoni said the Ball finds it Rhythm on the Court. I think Dlo needs to have it happen for him.
    With this offence there are too many options. Randal, Clarkson, Kobe, oh and we have this awesome #2 pick ok.
    Because of his size and shooting and passing abilities, he’s perfect for the “Kobe Triangle”. Phil wanted the big guards to bring the ball up and start the offence. and at the same time have those players in position to take the pass and score when open. If we go home with a 1 win record after this road trip, Patience is done and so is Scott.
    Scott is starting to look like Brown when he was hanging on at the end of games trying to win, but clueless.
    RKelly>Zing
    Jradulla>Zing
    Dlo>Zing
    Hind-site is 20-20, but it’s not the player that’s hurting the Lakers, it’s the “Game”.
    Peace.

  • D’Angelo was drafted because of his potential and how he plays on the floor aka shooting and passing. Not so much his D.
    Let’s listen to what he said after the Lakers gave him a second look, paraphrasing “I thought they already had a ball handling guard.” He was as or more surprised by the pick than us Lakers fans.
    When you look at any of the vids of him, he is the main handler and needs to have the ball in his hands. Did you see what happened, when he got a rhythm going in game 4? He needs to see the flow. In the sense that D’antoni said the Ball finds it Rhythm on the Court. I think Dlo needs to have it happen for him.
    With this offence there are too many options. Randal, Clarkson, Kobe, oh and we have this awesome #2 pick ok.
    Because of his size and shooting and passing abilities, he’s perfect for the “Kobe Triangle”. Phil wanted the big guards to bring the ball up and start the offence. and at the same time have those players in position to take the pass and score when open. If we go home with a 1 win record after this road trip, Patience is done and so is Scott.
    Scott is starting to look like Brown when he was hanging on at the end of games trying to win, but clueless.
    RKelly>Zing
    Jradulla>Zing
    Dlo>Zing
    Hind-site is 20-20, but it’s not the player that’s hurting the Lakers, it’s the “Game”.
    Peace.

  • He needs to perform, period. No one’s expecting All star level play but give us some of what Clarkson showed last season. We need to at least see that same fire in his eyes that Clarkson and Randle have.

  • He needs to perform, period. No one’s expecting All star level play but give us some of what Clarkson showed last season. We need to at least see that same fire in his eyes that Clarkson and Randle have. He carries himself too much like a kid on the court and the opposition can sense that. He needs to be a lot more aggressive and attack more and that will make things easier on the other guys which is his job.

  • exactly. I just don’t see how a guy can be a big part of the future when he can’t attack the basket. That’s a mandatory skillset to be a top crunch time player. As it looks now, Clarkson is the goto guy with this cor if Kobe isn’t in the picture. Randle the #2 . Russell, once he gets it becomes an offensive role player – the relief valve on the perimeter like Kerr, Fisher. Defensively, a liability.

  • exactly. I just don’t see how a guy can be a big part of the future when he can’t attack the basket. That’s a mandatory skillset to be a top crunch time player. As it looks now, Clarkson is the goto guy with this cor if Kobe isn’t in the picture. Randle the #2 . Russell, once he gets it becomes an offensive role player – the relief valve on the perimeter like Kerr, Fisher. Defensively, a liability.

  • the situation was we needed a home run, a future superstar to take over the helm when Kobe retires. That’s the goal if you have a top 1-5 pick. So it came down to who they thought was going to be a superstar – FO believed it was Russell. And they cited maturity, court vision as the main attributes. To me, those are only secondary attributes.

    The primary would be scoring (being to get his own), then defensive attributes. Outside of Towns, Porzingis had both. no hindsight involved. The only reason they passed on him was fear. It stems from having B. Scott in their ears. His antiquated philosophy is dooming this franchise. He would not pick KP because it would take too much time.

    Jerry West didn’t pass on Kobe like the rest of the gutless GMs who passed on klds who were deemed risky and requires time to develop since they were 18. Gutless.

    So the question is, if you think they got it right. How confident are you that Russell will become a superstar.

  • the situation was we needed a home run, a future superstar to take over the helm when Kobe retires. That’s the goal if you have a top 1-5 pick. So it came down to who they thought was going to be a superstar – FO believed it was Russell. And they cited maturity, court vision as the main attributes. To me, those are only secondary attributes.

    The primary would be scoring (being to get his own), then defensive attributes. Outside of Towns, Porzingis had both. no hindsight involved. The only reason they passed on him was fear. It stems from having B. Scott in their ears. His antiquated philosophy is dooming this franchise. He would not pick KP because it would take too much time.

    Jerry West didn’t pass on Kobe like the rest of the gutless GMs who passed on klds who were deemed risky and requires time to develop since they were 18. Gutless.

    So the question is, if you think they got it right. How confident are you that Russell will become a superstar.

  • half your words make no sense at all.
    the rest is a conspiracy theory.
    dude give it up we dont believe you.

  • half your words make no sense at all.
    the rest is a conspiracy theory.
    dude give it up we dont believe you.

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