Lakers Nation Roundtable: Benching D’Angelo Russell In Fourth Hurting Him?
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The NBA regular season is finally underway for the Los Angeles Lakers. Unfortunately, things haven’t gone quite the Lakers way as the team has gotten off to an 0-2 start so far.

While the team was routed by the Sacramento Kings on Friday, the season opener with the Minnesota Timberwolves went down to the wire. Aside from the Lakers blowing a double-digit lead, arguably the biggest story coming out of the game was second overall pick D’Angelo Russell not seeing the floor in the fourth quarter.

Head coach Byron Scott went with Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams down the stretch on Opening Night and that did not sit well with many fans. Russell is viewed as the future of the franchise and as such, fans expect to see him on the floor growing in front of their eyes.

So we asked out panel of experts if they believe Byron Scott is hurting Russell’s development by benching him in the fourth quarter. This is what they had to say:

Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane): At this extremely early point in the season, no I don’t think that Byron Scott is hurting Russell’s development by benching him in the 4th quarter.

With the season fresh and optimism plentiful, Byron has to try to win as much as he can. If that means going with the veterans down the stretch then so be it. For the time being the Lakers are in the playoff hunt, and until that ceases to be the case crunch time minutes need to go to whoever is getting it done on the court.

The NBA season is long and there will be plenty of opportunities for Russell to get experience with the game on the line. Right now he is still learning the NBA game and adjusting to the pace, and throwing too much at him too soon could actually be detrimental to his development.

Of course Lakers fans want to see Russell make big plays and burst onto the scene as a star (especially with his rookie contemporaries playing well), but patience is key here. Byron takes a lot of flak, but he does have a track record of developing young guards and deserves some trust from the Lakers faithful.

The Lakers are going to do everything in their power to get the most out of their prized number two pick, but it’s not going to happen overnight. Byron is giving him plenty of minutes, and when Russell struggled playing off the ball against the Wolves he was switched onto the ball for the next game. When he is ready to close games, he will.

Jabari Davis (@JabariDavisNBA): I don’t know that we can necessarily make that judgement just one game into Russell’s rookie campaign, but I will acknowledge it is a trend I would prefer not to see moving forward.

While patience with his development will definitely be key this season, there’s absolutely no reason for him to sit for the entire 4th quarter of any game, let alone one that offered plenty of lessons. Were the opposing guards -Ricky Rubio in particular- having their way(s) with the Lakers? Clearly. That said, unless you genuinely believe the season should be about wins and losses (here’s a hint: it shouldn’t be), what’s the harm in continuing to see what adjustments the rookie can make under pressure and in crunch time?

It’s a fair assessment to say the organization was guilty of playing for the “here-and-now” for several seasons while understandably attempting to capitalize on the final years of Kobe Bryant’s career. At this point, having seemingly embraced the recent youth movement, it will be important to remember to place the future of the organization above having a chance at a random victory in late-October.

Yes, much easier for me to say than it is for the coaching staff to completely adopt given the desire to be successful; but that’s still precisely what is needed. I don’t buy into the notion of it “ruining D’Angelo’s confidence” as the 19-year-old still appears to be even keel about the process, but I do think playing in moments like the end of opener could potentially accelerate that learning curve whether he were to fail or succeed.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): Maybe it’s because I saw this exact scenario happening a long time ago, but I really don’t have a problem with this happening and I expect it to continue until Russell shows that he should be on the floor over the likes of Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams.

It’s early in the season and the Lakers are trying to win. Yes, development of the young core is of the utmost importance, but the organization is also trying to get back to their winning ways and Russell is admittedly not quite ready just yet. As such, if the Lakers have a chance to win the game, Russell on the bench might be better for the team at times.

Now if the Lakers fall out of playoff contention (as is expected) as the season goes on then Russell and the rest of the young guns should be on the floor as much as possible. Right now, however, the Lakers should be trying to win because showing progress as far as wins on the floor is extremely important for the future as well, especially when it comes to free agency.

I understand that fans are looking to see Russell dominate games immediately, and the early showings from Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor aren’t helping matters. But early struggles don’t mean Russell won’t be a future star, and sitting on the bench down the stretch early in the season won’t stunt his development.

Kevin Chan (@Kevin_Cruiser): Since the Lakers are going to be horrible this year, they should give their young guys as many meaningful minutes as possible.

Byron Scott should absolutely play Russell in crunch time to see how the rookie responds. But sometimes the right move is to bench the kid if he makes some really bone-headed plays so that he can learn from his mistakes. Russell can’t be given the green light at all times.

That being said, I’d like to see Russell get at least 30-35 minutes per game of playing time so that he can develop. Lakers fans will need to be patient with this roster because they won’t suddenly become good overnight. Scott will need to be patient as well and let the Russell play critical minutes so that he can gain valuable experience.

I think what is hurting Russell a lot more – is being the first one taken out of the 1st quarter, and the last one put back in during the 2nd quarter. Sometimes, upwards of a 40 minute rest when you figure in all the timeouts. How does that help his game?

  • I think what is hurting Russell a lot more – is being the first one taken out of the 1st quarter, and the last one put back in during the 2nd quarter. Sometimes, upwards of a 40 minute rest when you figure in all the timeouts. How does that help his game?

  • Dude he is taken out because he is a horribly bust player,stop defending this guy, place responsibility on this youngster!

  • Dude he is taken out because he is a horribly bust player,stop defending this guy, place responsibility on this youngster!

  • He first needs to be given some responsibility, he is after all a 19 year old rookie. Meanwhile Kobe and co. have free reign to stink up the floor on both ends why? Because of what he did in the past? Why single out Russell for the complete disharmony on both ends.

  • He first needs to be given some responsibility, he is after all a 19 year old rookie. Meanwhile Kobe and co. have free reign to stink up the floor on both ends why? Because of what he did in the past? Why single out Russell for the complete disharmony on both ends.

  • Dude, first of all, ruseell has high praise and has not done anything, with high praise comes high responsibility, look at kobe he gets chewed ou butdoes he whine and call fans spoiled who watch his games like dangelo does no!

  • Dude, first of all, ruseell has high praise and has not done anything, with high praise comes high responsibility, look at kobe he gets chewed ou butdoes he whine and call fans spoiled who watch his games like dangelo does no!

  • Message is for us to be patient. .it’s not about wining about developing kids..if so why meta 9n roaster instead of 2 promising kids..this is pull garbage..it’s just about having a smart coach that know what he want but we don’t have one. Clarkson development was without even plying it’s by hard work and don’t league and u want to put Russell 35 Minutes while he so far show nothing going at all..I ha entry seen and slight things of hope from him but I st believe he will be good iam not sure that everyone in the laker are stupid in picking him..but he need to work on him self with some playing time..I see much better future and hope from A brown who not play him?!!! One thing g coach is sucks

  • Message is for us to be patient. .it’s not about wining about developing kids..if so why meta 9n roaster instead of 2 promising kids..this is pull garbage..it’s just about having a smart coach that know what he want but we don’t have one. Clarkson development was without even playing it’s by hard work and D league and u want to put Russell 35 Minutes while he so far show nothing good at all..I haven’t seen and slight things of hope from him but I still believe he will be good iam don’t believe that everyone in the laker are stupid in picking him..but he need to work on him self with some playing time..I see much better future and hope from A brown who not playing ?!!! One thing g coach is sucks

  • julius jordan
    I believe will be the future russell is garbage should have taken anyone else in the draft!

  • julius jordan
    I believe will be the future russell is garbage should have taken anyone else in the draft!

  • Calling DLo a bust after two games is just ridiculous, especially two games where he has been in and out and barely been given a decent stretch of minutes and a decent group of “team” mates.

  • Calling DLo a bust after two games is just ridiculous, especially two games where he has been in and out and barely been given a decent stretch of minutes and a decent group of “team” mates.

  • There again makingexcuses, thatswhy he feelshigh becauseyoumake excuses for a arrogant 19 year old, he got plenty of minutes he did not get dnps or etc. he just flat up chucked shots and didnt look active and his great passing is nowhere and non-existent!

  • There again makingexcuses, thatswhy he feelshigh becauseyoumake excuses for a arrogant 19 year old, he got plenty of minutes he did not get dnps or etc. he just flat up chucked shots and didnt look active and his great passing is nowhere and non-existent!

  • I’m not going to argue with someone calling a 19 year old rookie a bust after two NBA games. That just shows you have another agenda.

  • I’m not going to argue with someone calling a 19 year old rookie a bust after two NBA games. That just shows you have another agenda.

  • I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like it might be butt hurt from a comment Russell made in regards to retarded Kobe fanboys being spoiled on social media.

  • I’m not sure what it is, but it seems like it might be butt hurt from a comment Russell made in regards to retarded Kobe fanboys being spoiled on social media.

  • butthurt yourjoking right, a no-name bust loser like ruseell is is served with a silver splatterand given the starting lineup hasfreedom to speak spoiled to fans you andrusssell are a joke, loser!

  • butthurt yourjoking right, a no-name bust loser like ruseell is is served with a silver splatterand given the starting lineup hasfreedom to speak spoiled to fans you andrusssell are a joke, loser!

  • So I was right then, that comment is the butt hurt. I remember you, you’re that guy whose space bar button is broken. Haha, you are amusing though, zero basketball sense however.

  • So I was right then, that comment is the butt hurt. I remember you, you’re that guy whose space bar button is broken. Haha, you are amusing though, zero basketball sense however.

  • i dont use the word”bust” but Dlo has not shown that he’s a #2 pick beyond the fact that he’s barely getting his toes wet. we know he’s young we know he’s still very raw but so are other rookies and it hasn’t only been 2 games he didn’t show anything in summer league where he played against easier competition and he didn’t show anything in preseason. like i said I’m not saying he’s a bust but after the smoke clears i dont see him being the best player in his draft class even if you take towns out of the equation.

  • i dont use the word”bust” but Dlo has not shown that he’s a #2 pick beyond the fact that he’s barely getting his toes wet. we know he’s young we know he’s still very raw but so are other rookies and it hasn’t only been 2 games he didn’t show anything in summer league where he played against easier competition and he didn’t show anything in preseason. like i said I’m not saying he’s a bust but after the smoke clears i dont see him being the best player in his draft class even if you take towns out of the equation.

  • And I remember that you are a fairwheather lakers fan that bashes our lakers legend kobe who if I remember has a beautiful wife, money, children and friends you do not have !

  • And I remember that you are a fairwheather lakers fan that bashes our lakers legend kobe who if I remember has a beautiful wife, money, children and friends you do not have !

  • Since your judging rookies based on two games how was okafor yesterday? Sixers got blown out by the Jazz and Okafor had 10 pts shot 4 for 12 and played like 36 minutes and he got blocked nasty by gobert
    Or maybe we shoulda got towns huh? You can’t act like Kobe and Byron are helping matters

  • agreed I dont hate oranythingofthe guy what I mean bybustis learning and expectations like julius last year orjordanafter they got beat up theyshowed humility but wanting to get backangrily to winandprovesomething , Ialwayssee russell with no emotion goofin off or actingwhenhe doenot get hisway or ball like a spoileddiscomfort childand wont outwardly critique and push himself!

  • Since your judging rookies based on two games how was okafor yesterday? Sixers got blown out by the Jazz and Okafor had 10 pts shot 4 for 12 and played like 36 minutes and he got blocked nasty by gobert
    Or maybe we shoulda got towns huh? You can’t act like Kobe and Byron are helping matters

  • agreed I dont hate oranythingofthe guy what I mean bybustis learning and expectations like julius last year orjordanafter they got beat up theyshowed humility but wanting to get backangrily to winandprovesomething , Ialwayssee russell with no emotion goofin off or actingwhenhe doenot get hisway or ball like a spoileddiscomfort childand wont outwardly critique and push himself!

  • Yes. Leave him on the floor to figure out by himself what he’s doing wrong, along with the same 5, and to pull the strings. Right now he is the one who can’t set a play and as a result the whole team plays selfish individual basketball. He needs to dictate the game and decide what to be done. If he doesn’t, he gives no choice to his teammate but to improvise, and there you get your iso all the time… That’s his job to keep his teammate doing what they’re told to do, and that his job to tell them what to do. He’s got to figure that out and the more he will play the more he will picture it.
    A fourth quarter is an entirely different game all by itself, that’s clutch time and time for the hot hands to take over, so there’s not so much job for a young facilitator.

  • dude we dont compare ourselves with worseanddeflect blame we want toelevate ourselves andrussell is whining I need the ball but when he gets it he turns it over, clanks shots and make dumb fouls, itsembarassing he has not averaged double digits in thestating min hes getting!

  • Yes. Leave him on the floor to figure out by himself what he’s doing wrong, along with the same 5, and to pull the strings. Right now he is the one who can’t set a play and as a result the whole team plays selfish individual basketball. He needs to dictate the game and decide what to be done. If he doesn’t, he gives no choice to his teammate but to improvise, and there you get your iso all the time… That’s his job to keep his teammate doing what they’re told to do, and that his job to tell them what to do. He’s got to figure that out and the more he will play the more he will picture it.
    A fourth quarter is an entirely different game all by itself, that’s clutch time and time for the hot hands to take over, so there’s not so much job for a young facilitator.

  • dude we dont compare ourselves with worseanddeflect blame we want toelevate ourselves andrussell is whining I need the ball but when he gets it he turns it over, clanks shots and make dumb fouls, itsembarassing he has not averaged double digits in thestating min hes getting!

  • I’m not going to even consider him a bust until he gets a solid 30 plus minutes a game like the rest of the rookies are being afforded. It can’t be easy especially for a point guard when you are not being given a fair run at it. I mean the most amount of minutes he has played as been 26 minutes in 9 NBA and preseason games. It’s not like Clarkson got any sort of rhythm until he started getting those big minutes and the keys to the offense. He was shooting 36% and averaging around 4-5 points a game, he was also older, more experienced and should have been a lottery pick if not for the family issues he had..

  • I’m not going to even consider him a bust until he gets a solid 30 plus minutes a game like the rest of the rookies are being afforded. It can’t be easy especially for a point guard when you are not being given a fair run at it. I mean the most amount of minutes he has played as been 26 minutes in 9 NBA and preseason games. It’s not like Clarkson got any sort of rhythm until he started getting those big minutes and the keys to the offense. He was shooting 36% and averaging around 4-5 points a game, he was also older, more experienced and should have been a lottery pick if not for the family issues he had..

  • Are you kidding me? He had one turnover yesterday and 0 fouls lmao he shot 50% last night dude you’re insane it’s not hard to look at the stats you tryna put all the blame on a 19 year rookie 2 games in that shows how much you know about basketball
    HE HASNT EVEN GOTTEN ENOUGH MINUTES What are you talking about lmaooo

  • Are you kidding me? He had one turnover yesterday and 0 fouls lmao he shot 50% last night dude you’re insane it’s not hard to look at the stats you tryna put all the blame on a 19 year rookie 2 games in that shows how much you know about basketball
    HE HASNT EVEN GOTTEN ENOUGH MINUTES What are you talking about lmaooo

  • washe on the floor yes did I see him starting yes hesstarted the last two game yes again his statsare mediocre how does anthonybrown have more better efficencythan himand control!

  • Yes exactly! I completely agree with your statement on Russell! For example Clarkson was balling out last night and he only got 28 minutes I mean ffs Kelly had the second most minutes!

  • washe on the floor yes did I see him starting yes hesstarted the last two game yes again his statsare mediocre how does anthonybrown have more better efficencythan himand control!

  • Yes exactly! I completely agree with your statement on Russell! For example Clarkson was balling out last night and he only got 28 minutes I mean ffs Kelly had the second most minutes!

  • Anthony brown barely debuted last night! This is Byrons fault I have not idea why he hasn’t even put A Brown on the floor yet

  • Anthony brown barely debuted last night are you serious haha This is Byrons fault I have not idea why he hasn’t even put A Brown on the floor yet

  • youknow whos not getting afair run and min.larry nance or brown or upshawwho proved more thanrussell!

  • youknow whos not getting afair run and min.larry nance or brown or upshawwho proved more thanrussell!

  • I blame byronfor things but not bustrussell high and mighty who chokes he shot worse than the two non shooting pointguards rubio and rondo whoate him up like a roasted easy picking turkey!

  • I blame byronfor things but not bustrussell high and mighty who chokes he shot worse than the two non shooting pointguards rubio and rondo whoate him up like a roasted easy picking turkey!

  • Who cares… (knee-jerk reaction by disgruntled Lakers fan following embarassing loss yesterday…)

  • How can we have a debate or opinion after 2 games?

    And how can we have any sort of idea about how to develop him when we aren’t his coach?

    They must really be stretching for things to write about.

  • Who cares… (knee-jerk reaction by disgruntled Lakers fan following embarassing loss yesterday…)

  • How can we have a debate or opinion after 2 games?

    And how can we have any sort of idea about how to develop him when we aren’t his coach?

    They must really be stretching for things to write about.

  • You didn’t make the decision. Russell is a Laker for the next 4 years.

    Get over it.
    If you don’t like the team pick another one, there are 29 more.

  • You didn’t make the decision. Russell is a Laker for the next 4 years.

    Get over it.
    If you don’t like the team pick another one, there are 29 more.

  • did russell ever have10 pointssincecomingtothe lakersbecause he has looke invisible and worse than jahlilokafor at least he does helpphlli with the others whathas russelldone thrown amateur passes intothe stands and whines like a soft ascharmin baby should have never listened to byron in drafting a sissy changingflamboyent hair girly man like russell!

  • did russell ever have10 pointssincecomingtothe lakersbecause he has looke invisible and worse than jahlilokafor at least he does helpphlli with the others whathas russelldone thrown amateur passes intothe stands and whines like a soft ascharmin baby should have never listened to byron in drafting a sissy changingflamboyent hair girly man like russell!

  • uh duh i knew that obviously , russellis notexemp[-t from being traded numbskullhecan beshippedawayand someonetake his jobandpostion hesthe worst guard on the team!

  • why do people keep talking about 2 games? its been more than that, he didn’t even have a good march madness

  • uh duh i knew that obviously , russellis notexemp[-t from being traded numbskullhecan beshippedawayand someonetake his jobandpostion hesthe worst guard on the team!

  • why do people keep talking about 2 games? its been more than that, he didn’t even have a good march madness

  • agreed,and I amactuallyniceand did not judge that butnow its been preseason bad, summer league bad, and now reularseason sorrynotbeing mean but I think we nee otrade ruseell we already got arepointguard inclarkson last year!

  • agreed,and I amactuallyniceand did not judge that butnow its been preseason bad, summer league bad, and now reularseason sorrynotbeing mean but I think we nee otrade ruseell we already got arepointguard inclarkson last year!

  • i actually wanted us to draft russell but all I’m saying is that other rookies are looking a whole lot better

  • stretching thatussellis not astalentedas he was suppose to be, yes,thatswhat theywere saying, thanksforpointingit outcapatain obvious!

  • i actually wanted us to draft russell but all I’m saying is that other rookies are looking a whole lot better

  • stretching thatussellis not astalentedas he was suppose to be, yes,thatswhat theywere saying, thanksforpointingit outcapatain obvious!

  • respect yourwant and understand,butagree onthe part even if these other rookies are struggling somehow they are goingto improve fasterandcontribute early and will belong lasting!

  • respect yourwant and understand,butagree onthe part even if these other rookies are struggling somehow they are goingto improve fasterandcontribute early and will belong lasting!

  • first of all clarkson scored 14 points for a guy rookie who barely gotminutes and showed in that blowout game that even beingembarased he did not chocke and give uplike russell!

  • first of all clarkson scored 14 points for a guy rookie who barely gotminutes and showed in that blowout game that even beingembarased he did not chocke and give uplike russell!

  • First of all, in order to use the term ‘first of all’ generally you require at least two statements. Second of all, Russell just scored 13 points in his second game and Clarkson scored 14 in his 17th game. So what’s the difference exactly? You’ve just made my point. Thank you.

  • First of all, in order to use the term ‘first of all’ generally you require at least two statements. Second of all, Russell just scored 13 points in his second game and Clarkson scored 14 in his 17th game. So what’s the difference exactly? You’ve just made my point. Thank you.

  • The lets all wait and see attitude and the lets stay positive movement, I get it. But lets be real also. You can come into the league as a rookie and later develop a jumpshot, court awareness, passing skills, leadership skills …. but you can’t develop speed & athleticism. If you slow at 19 I’m sure you’ll be slow at 29 and 39. Just my thoughts.

  • The lets all wait and see attitude and the lets stay positive movement, I get it. But lets be real also. You can come into the league as a rookie and later develop a jumpshot, court awareness, passing skills, leadership skills …. but you can’t develop speed & athleticism. If you slow at 19 I’m sure you’ll be slow at 29 and 39. Just my thoughts.

  • Silly to call Russell a bust after just two games mainly because neither Rondo nor especially Rubio lived up to the hype. Rubio is just now getting a reliable mid range jumper and probably will never be a consistent three point threat.

  • Silly to call Russell a bust after just two games mainly because neither Rondo nor especially Rubio lived up to the hype. Rubio is just now getting a reliable mid range jumper and probably will never be a consistent three point threat.

  • thank you that you did not make an adequate point if he made 13 pointshis points were garbage points are hustle defense endurance heart that what julius jordan roy and kobe have that russell will never have so thank you for mentioning 13 garbage do nothing points that he only scored wide open not in the lane! 1ssistwhile clarkson who is so post to be not apassing personaccording to people like you has more assists than russell!

  • thank you that you did not make an adequate point if he made 13 pointshis points were garbage points are hustle defense endurance heart that what julius jordan roy and kobe have that russell will never have so thank you for mentioning 13 garbage do nothing points that he only scored wide open not in the lane! 1ssistwhile clarkson who is so post to be not apassing personaccording to people like you has more assists than russell!

  • I am an equal fair opppurtunity credit/ criticizerwhen Isee people make excuses I correct them!

  • I am an equal fair opppurtunity credit/ criticizerwhen Isee people make excuses I correct them!

  • Okafor came back down to earth in his second game and Mudiay has been inefficient so Russell is pretty much on par with other top rookies picked after him.

  • Okafor came back down to earth in his second game and Mudiay has been inefficient so Russell is pretty much on par with other top rookies picked after him.

  • sour because he punked dangelo and made him a loserlittle boythat support pathetic!

  • sour because he punked dangelo and made him a loserlittle boythat support pathetic!

  • actually okafor and mudiay willimprove nextgame russell has not shown any game 4 points pathetic!

  • actually okafor and mudiay willimprove nextgame russell has not shown any game 4 points pathetic!

  • I don’t know what’s wrong with you, man. Give Russell 10-20 games before you start calling him a bust. He is working hard, humble, and supportive of Randle, and Clarkson. Russell didn’t even expect to be on the team because he assumed Clarkson was the Lakers point guard of the future. He has respect for Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, etc. etc..

  • I don’t know what’s wrong with you, man. Give Russell 10-20 games before you start calling him a bust. He is working hard, humble, and supportive of Randle, and Clarkson. Russell didn’t even expect to be on the team because he assumed Clarkson was the Lakers point guard of the future. He has respect for Clarkson, Kobe, Randle, etc. etc..

  • you can have good respect but no respect and arrogance down inside I dont know whats with your blind eyes somebody just stating thet ruth about russells act and see thoughit you must be gullible whats wrong with you dude thats the question?!

  • you can have good respect but no respect and arrogance down inside I dont know whats with your blind eyes somebody just stating thet ruth about russells act and see thoughit you must be gullible whats wrong with you dude thats the question?!

  • wow what kind of lakers fan are you to not state that he was horrible last night and needs to improve quickly!

  • wow what kind of lakers fan are you to not state that he was horrible last night and needs to improve quickly!

  • I have seen his ten games enough from summer league to preseason and to regular season and they all sucked his play so face it hes an overrated no-talent player, no hate just the truth dude.

  • I have seen his ten games enough from summer league to preseason and to regular season and they all sucked his play so face it hes an overrated no-talent player, no hate just the truth dude.

  • not to be the bad guy butI hadhope too, I kept in I know its early season but e makes excuses for himself where as randle and clarkson after bad game blame themselves and dont whine like he does!

  • not to be the bad guy butI hadhope too, I kept in I know its early season but e makes excuses for himself where as randle and clarkson after bad game blame themselves and dont whine like he does!

  • note don’t mean to be mean or hurt your feelings but he is not it,I feel that that person to lead us next right along Clarkson and randle is still out there!

  • note don’t mean to be mean or hurt your feelings but he is not it,I feel that that person to lead us next right along Clarkson and randle is still out there!

  • waste of a pick another #2 pick bust waste of money well trading block time for russell!

  • waste of a pick another #2 pick bust waste of money well trading block time for russell!

  • Just wait until the young guy settles in, his came to the club with the brightest lights, with a coach who doesnt have a clear view of what he wants himself. What coach has a month long training camp and starts the regular season with such uncertainty. Byron is out of form by the look of things, hopefully he can find some coaching form real soon. Then the players may have a chance to improve.

  • Just wait until the young guy settles in, his came to the club with the brightest lights, with a coach who doesnt have a clear view of what he wants himself. What coach has a month long training camp and starts the regular season with such uncertainty. Byron is out of form by the look of things, hopefully he can find some coaching form real soon. Then the players may have a chance to improve.

  • “Ray Allen was scoring 30 and Allen Iverson was scoring 40, and I was just like I know they’re not that much better than I am. I know it. You just don’t have the opportunity to show it.”

    – Kobe relating to Russell’s current situation

    I too was one for the Lakers drafting Russell, but Russell hasn’t had the same opportunities as some of the other rookies in the league has, just as Kobe didn’t early in his career. Hopefully, Russell has the same mindset of Kobe and will soon start to put together a good season.

  • “Ray Allen was scoring 30 and AI was scoring 40, and I was just like I know they’re not that much better than I am. I know it. You just don’t have the opportunity to show it.”

    – Kobe relating to Russell’s current situation

    I too was one for the Lakers drafting Russell, but Russell hasn’t had the same opportunities as some of the other rookies in the league has, just as Kobe didn’t early in his career. Hopefully, Russell has the same mindset of Kobe and will soon start to put together a good season.

  • Haha, let me tell you Clarkson scored 10 of his 14 points also in garbage time, he played the full 12 minutes of the final quarter against Wilcox, Udoh, Bullock, Glen Davis, Jordan Farmar. That is pure garbage time, you had absolutely no point to begin with, you’ve just compared two identical scenarios (garbage time) only you’ve used Clarksons 17th game and DLo’s 2nd game as attempted examples.

  • Haha, let me tell you Clarkson scored 10 of his 14 points also in garbage time, he played the full 12 minutes of the final quarter against Wilcox, Udoh, Bullock, Glen Davis, Jordan Farmar. That is pure garbage time, you had absolutely no point to begin with, you’ve just compared two identical scenarios (garbage time) only you’ve used Clarksons 17th game and DLo’s 2nd game as attempted examples.

  • actuallyhe got pointsin an earlierstint so your way dead of dudecomeon youknow you can notbeat me! lol

  • actuallyhe got pointsin an earlierstint so your way dead of dudecomeon youknow you can notbeat me! lol

  • Yes if you could read, I said he got 10 of 14 in garbage time, so that’s 4 points in 8 minutes of (non garbage time). D’Angelo Russell got 5 of his 13 points in garbage time. He hit two 3 pointers and a layup against the Sacramento starters. Keep digging that hole though.

  • Yes if you could read, I said he got 10 of 14 in garbage time, so that’s 4 points in 8 minutes of (non garbage time). D’Angelo Russell got 5 of his 13 points in garbage time. He hit two 3 pointers and a layup against the Sacramento starters. Keep digging that hole though.

  • Byron Scott is truly hurting the development of the young guys, especially to Russell. I could understand wanting to play the vets in order to win games but how can Russell learn from his mistakes if he’s NOT on the floor? Do you guys really want to know why Okafor was taken by Philly? Because apparently, if you have Twitter: Eric Pincus says Okafor slouched in his workout with them and if you guys didn’t watch the final game between Duke and Wisconsin: he was virtually non-existent until the final few parts of that match-up, and the defense of his wasn’t a thin, right now it still isn’t.

    The PG position takes time to develop; no more than maybe 2-3 years max at most and if you all think you don’t have time to watch him develop: go watch Curry or CP3 while you’re at it.

  • Byron Scott is truly hurting the development of the young guys, especially to Russell. I could understand wanting to play the vets in order to win games but how can Russell learn from his mistakes if he’s NOT on the floor? Do you guys really want to know why Okafor was taken by Philly? Because apparently, if you have Twitter: Eric Pincus says Okafor slouched in his workout with them and if you guys didn’t watch the final game between Duke and Wisconsin: he was virtually non-existent until the final few parts of that match-up, and the defense of his wasn’t a thin, right now it still isn’t.

    The PG position takes time to develop; no more than maybe 2-3 years max at most and if you all think you don’t have time to watch him develop: go watch Curry or CP3 while you’re at it.

  • Dlo is starting which is good but his minutes should be around 22-30mins MAX, lakers should play Lou-JC-Kobe-Randle-Hibbert in the last 7 mins of the game,if swagP is on fire, sub him in for hibbert(Randle will play C then)

  • Dlo is starting which is good but his minutes should be around 22-30mins MAX, lakers should play Lou-JC-Kobe-Randle-Hibbert in the last 7 mins of the game,if swagP is on fire, sub him in for hibbert(Randle will play C then)

  • I’m not gonna defend D’Angelo because before the draft I was pointing out guys I would’ve chosen over him so it’s on him to find his way and prove doubters wrong but NOBODY can be a bust just 2 games into their career. That’s just dumb.

  • I’m not gonna defend D’Angelo because before the draft I was pointing out guys I would’ve chosen over him so it’s on him to find his way and prove doubters wrong but NOBODY can be a bust just 2 games or even 20 games into their career. That’s just dumb.

  • Don’t make excuses for Russell. Nobody’s holding him back. Why would a coach want to hold back the development of a #2 pick?

  • Don’t make excuses for Russell. Nobody’s holding him back. Why would a coach want to hold back the development of a #2 pick?

  • Face It People….Being the #2 pick…alot is expected….Bench Russell and let him come off the Bench with the 2nd unit…..It’s give him a chance to sit and observe the NBA game from the sideline….after all it about him learning…..it gives him a chance to see things he might not see while he’s on the court….Also learn to play defense…..It’s about the journey.

  • Face It People….Being the #2 pick…alot is expected….Bench Russell and let him come off the Bench with the 2nd unit…..It’s give him a chance to sit and observe the NBA game from the sideline….after all it about him learning…..it gives him a chance to see things he might not see while he’s on the court….Also learn to play defense…..It’s about the journey. You’ll be surprise what you can learn by being on the sideline.

  • ottom line is sad but simple, he is a BUST & we can all thabnk Jim Buss for this latest bullshit move form the Lkaers front office.

  • ottom line is sad but simple, he is a BUST & we can all thabnk Jim Buss for this latest bullshit move form the Lkaers front office.

  • What kind of coach tries this much to hinder the guy they choose at #2. So bull headed.

  • What kind of coach tries this much to hinder the guy they choose at #2. So bull headed.

  • You’re right at this point. He does look like a bust and I continue to shake my head is disbelief that we passed on Okafir. Jim Buss has to go.

  • You’re right at this point. He does look like a bust and I continue to shake my head is disbelief that we passed on Okafir. Jim Buss has to go.

  • You can’t declare a 19-yr old rookie a bust 2 games into his career no matter what you think about his play. I’ve never called anyone a bust until maybe their 2nd yr minimum if I don’t see the fire in a player. 2 games in is not fair. He’s nowhere near a bust at this juncture.

  • You can’t declare a 19-yr old rookie a bust 2 games into his career no matter what you think about his play. I’ve never called anyone a bust until maybe their 2nd yr minimum if I don’t see the fire in a player. 2 games in is not fair. He’s nowhere near a bust at this juncture.

  • Nope. Leave him out there as a starter and ride or die with him. That’s who they chose at #2 so give him the rock and let him learn

  • Nope. Leave him out there as a starter and ride or die with him. That’s who they chose at #2 so give him the rock and let him learn

  • Sitting here watching Kings play Clippers. Lakers could have had Rondo. Lakers could have drafted Okafor. Starting lineup could be Rondo, Clarkson, Bryant, Randle, Okafor!

    For some reason there is a belief that you can’t win now and build for the future at the same time. The Lakers could have done both with those 2 simple steps.

  • Sitting here watching Kings play Clippers. Lakers could have had Rondo. Lakers could have drafted Okafor. Starting lineup could be Rondo, Clarkson, Bryant, Randle, Okafor!

    For some reason there is a belief that you can’t win now and build for the future at the same time. The Lakers could have done both with those 2 simple steps.

  • Even Phil Jackson needed the right roster to be successful. This is not the roster for Byron Scott. Not yet at least.

  • Even Phil Jackson needed the right roster to be successful. This is not the roster for Byron Scott. Not yet at least.

  • An idiot for acknowledging the super noticeable stupidity of coach Scott. Sure.

  • An idiot for acknowledging the super noticeable stupidity of coach Scott. Sure.

  • You cal youself a lake fan but you do not want the truth about the bad blowouts that WILL happen this season

  • You cal youself a lake fan but you do not want the truth about the bad blowouts that WILL happen this season

  • He plays so many different rotations in one game just stick to a plan you dumb fool.

  • He plays so many different rotations in one game just stick to a plan you dumb fool.

  • I never said he was great or even good. He is better than what we are seeing now. Rudy T won 2 titles with Houston then came to the Lakers and they were a lottery team. Sometimes there are more reasons than simply “He’s horrible.”

    The Lakers can keep going through coaches all they want but at some point you have to look for other reasons.

  • No. He is not better. No no no. Not even close. He’s the current worst coach in the league. you are wrong. There is complete proof Byron is just a bad coach. Again, wake up

  • I never said he was great or even good. He is better than what we are seeing now. Rudy T won 2 titles with Houston then came to the Lakers and they were a lottery team. Sometimes there are more reasons than simply “He’s horrible.”

    The Lakers can keep going through coaches all they want but at some point you have to look for other reasons.

  • No. He is not better. No no no. Not even close. He’s the current worst coach in the league. you are wrong. There is complete proof Byron is just a bad coach. Again, wake up

  • Learn the truth for yourself. Watch the games, timeouts and everything. Wake up

  • Learn the truth for yourself. Watch the games, timeouts and everything. Wake up

  • Byron scott would not know how to coach if Kobe bit him and told him to actually coach. You know scoot sucks. When they are getting BLOWN again you will see the truth plain and simple.

  • Byron scott would not know how to coach if Kobe bit him and told him to actually coach. You know scoot sucks. When they are getting BLOWN again you will see the truth plain and simple.

  • Coach scott was a failure from the start the record this year will prove it. Stay tuned and wake up

  • Coach scott was a failure from the start the record this year will prove it. Stay tuned and wake up

  • I’m not sleeping. I’m looking at the reality that the Lakers have had 3 coaches in 4 years. You are suggesting that they now bring in a fourth.

  • I’m not sleeping. I’m looking at the reality that the Lakers have had 3 coaches in 4 years. You are suggesting that they now bring in a fourth.

  • Stop blaming everyone else except scoot. You are just like him. To you he can do no wrong. That mentality is disgusting. Come off it and wake up

  • So you want Scott gone but don’t have an alternative to replace him?

  • Stop blaming everyone else except scoot. You are just like him. To you he can do no wrong. That mentality is disgusting. Come off it and wake up

  • So you want Scott gone but don’t have an alternative to replace him?

  • With scott gone no more bull. It doesn’t matter who replaces him. Even is I had to do it would I be better

  • I’ve said he isn’t doing well with this team. I’m asking you who should be the coach?

  • With scott gone no more bull. It doesn’t matter who replaces him. Even is I had to do it would I be better

  • I’ve said he isn’t doing well with this team. I’m asking you who should be the coach?

  • It doesn’t matter. As long as he is gone. He needs to stop his loving kobe

  • It doesn’t matter. As long as he is gone. He needs to stop his loving kobe

  • If it doesn’t matter why are you saying that the coach is the problem?

  • Wake up and read. I’m interested in Scotts resignation that’s all.

  • If it doesn’t matter why are you saying that the coach is the problem?

  • Wake up and read. I’m interested in Scotts resignation that’s all.

  • So the team should fire him and have no coach? So you can cry about Scott but not provide a solution? Very helpful.

  • So the team should fire him and have no coach? So you can cry about Scott but not provide a solution? Very helpful.

  • You wake up. You are the one complaining but not giving any suggestions.

  • Who did and why? Because it doesn’t change the fact that he is atrocious

  • You wake up. You are the one complaining but not giving any suggestions.

  • Who did and why? Because it doesn’t change the fact that he is atrocious

  • Wake up. If they fire Scott and trade Kobe this team still won’t make the playoffs.

  • Wake up. If they fire Scott and trade Kobe this team still won’t make the playoffs.

  • Because he needs to be gone. With him gone the lakers will finally we winnable again. Scott ruins there chances all the time.

  • Because he needs to be gone. With him gone the lakers will finally we winnable again. Scott ruins there chances all the time.

  • They are not going to win either. Get rid of scott and they can properly develop their young talent and be on their way to winning again. Use your eyes. Moron.

  • They are not going to win either. Get rid of scott and they can properly develop their young talent and be on their way to winning again. Use your eyes. Moron.

  • So you want a watchable lottery team. That’s an idiotic statement! Dummy….

  • So you want a watchable lottery team. That’s an idiotic statement! Dummy….

  • I know the game been watching over three months and I already know more than you.

  • They won’t be a lottery team with actual development. Take scott out for that.

  • I know the game been watching over three months and I already know more than you.

  • They won’t be a lottery team with actual development. Take scott out for that.

  • They wouldn’t be a lottery team if it was J lin and Dantoni. Wake up

  • They wouldn’t be a lottery team if it was J lin and Dantoni. Wake up

  • No no no no. That is true statement. Look at the warriors offense. you fool.

  • No no no no. That is true statement. Look at the warriors offense. you fool.

  • I know it and watch it. And I saw the worst part of the lakers. Scott and Bryant. Wake up fool

  • I know it and watch it. And I saw the worst part of the lakers. Scott and Bryant. Wake up fool

  • Would you rather see lame iso (step DOWN Princeton) or a real team motion?

  • Would you rather see lame iso (step DOWN Princeton) or a real team motion?

  • Dummy statement. You are just sad. Stop posting these idiotic statements.

  • Dummy statement. You are just sad. Stop posting these idiotic statements.

  • So scott is good to you. His coaching IQ is good to you. Wake up for the billionth time.

  • So scott is good to you. His coaching IQ is good to you. Wake up for the billionth time.

  • Who is that coach. You keep saying they need a coach but won’t name anybody. Who???

  • Last time I checked scott had the worst season in lakers history. Get rid of him

  • Who is that coach. You keep saying they need a coach but won’t name anybody. Who???

  • Last time I checked scott had the worst season in lakers history. Get rid of him

  • Nope just tired of changing things without a plan. Dummies like you just want to keep making changes but have no idea of a plan.

  • Nope just tired of changing things without a plan. Dummies like you just want to keep making changes but have no idea of a plan.

  • Last time I checked the have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

  • anyone who cant see scott is horrible doesn’t have an intelligence at all

  • Last time I checked the have missed the playoffs the past two seasons.

  • anyone who cant see scott is horrible doesn’t have an intelligence at all

  • If you think firing is a complete plan, you have proven your stupidity. Just a dummy!

  • If you think firing is a complete plan, you have proven your stupidity. Just a dummy!

  • You have proven your slump by thinking Scott is the answer to the Lakers

  • You have proven your slump by thinking Scott is the answer to the Lakers

  • Yes it hurts. How will he learn when he never gets a chance to play and experience the highs and lows? Byron is an all around awful coach.

  • You still have yet to suggest a different coach proving your stupidity.

  • Yes it hurts. How will he learn when he never gets a chance to play and experience the highs and lows? Byron is an all around awful coach.

  • You still have yet to suggest a different coach proving your stupidity.

  • “Reality Lover”??? You need to read your post before you send them.

  • Scott should be fired. and all people who know basketball cares to know the truth.

  • “Reality Lover”??? You need to read your post before you send them.

  • Scott should be fired. and all people who know basketball cares to know the truth.

  • You know who isn’t needed. The guy who led the lakers to their worst record ever

  • You know who isn’t needed. The guy who led the lakers to their worst record ever

  • Why do you keep saying that when it isn’t true. Can’t you get through your thick skull that I don’t want Scott as the coach???

  • Why do you keep saying that when it isn’t true. Can’t you get through your thick skull that I don’t want Scott as the coach???

  • “Everyone ” is not to be used to refer to two people. You need an English class.

  • “Everyone ” is not to be used to refer to two people. You need an English class.

  • If they don’t have a better plan than that, they will still be a bad team.

  • You keep saying the same things that aren’t truth. Learn truth without scott for a change

  • If they don’t have a better plan than that, they will still be a bad team.

  • You keep saying the same things that aren’t truth. Learn truth without scott for a change

  • Doesn’t matter. At least they can actually have development of their younger players

  • Doesn’t matter. At least they can actually have development of their younger players

  • It will work for the lakers. Rather than relying on a bad coach and wash up player

  • Sixers are bad. Lakers could be good if they actually lose that horrible byron

  • It will work for the lakers. Rather than relying on a bad coach and wash up player

  • Sixers are bad. Lakers could be good if they actually lose that horrible byron

  • Just because it didn’t work for sixers doesn’t mean it won’t work for lakers. duh

  • Just because it didn’t work for sixers doesn’t mean it won’t work for lakers. duh

  • Hey what you do with your time is your business. I don’t want to know.

  • Hey what you do with your time is your business. I don’t want to know.