Michael Frazier On Byron Scott’s Camp: ‘Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Gone Through’

As the Los Angeles Lakers began preseason and training camp in Hawaii for the first time since 2007 this year, it was a time to be put the players to the test, along with if Byron Scott can help rebuild this struggling Lakers team.

Byron demanded a lot of running from the Lakers in the preseason to be better conditioned. He had the team run to get in good physical condition and obviously, stronger legs and hopes to build a stronger mentality for the season.

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Frazier was signed by the Lakers in August on a multi-year contract and played in four preseason games. Although Frazier was waived by the Lakers in October, he later signed with the D-Fenders. With the few minutes he played during the preseason, he averaged 2.25 rebounds and assists per game.

He recalls how hard training camp with Byron was, and when asked if it was as hard as everyone says it was, he even says it was ‘definitely the hardest thing,’ as transcribed by Lakers Nation contributor Alan Huerta:

Oh yeah, for sure. It may be harder. I don’t know what you guys have heard but that’s definitely the hardest thing I’ve ever gone through in my life. I mean it was pretty tough in college, you know coach Donovan’s preseason was pretty tough, but this was a whole another level – but I’m glad I got to experience it.”

Despite training camp being hard for Frazier, he says it has helped move him in a positive direction, bumping up his experience with the league, along with a better preparation heading into the season with the D-Fenders.

Just mentality wise. Hearing other guys around the league or hearing guys that came from other places saying that this is the hardest training camp they’ve ever gone through and I had the opportunity to be fortunate enough to have the experience that my first time I’m in the league – not a lot of rookies get to do that, so if I do end up somewhere else, I’ll be prepared.”

Though Byron’s training camps are intense and definitely at a whole new level, the challenge is worth it. Though, with a better-conditioned team and players will possibly change the game. Words to describe them, intense running and fast paced.

As the D-Fenders season begins soon, hopefully, all that running will pay off and maybe we will see Frazier again, as he slowly earns his way back up onto the Lakers roster for a future call-up.

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Great attitude. I’m not mad at Frazier, but there may be no room for him in the Lakers backcourt.

  • Great attitude. I’m not mad at Frazier, but there may be no room for him in the Lakers backcourt.

  • Being in great condition really helps especially if you have an offensive system & defensive system in place which unfortunately Scott forgot to teach his players. But atleast they can run around for 48 minutes.

  • Being in great condition really helps especially if you have an offensive system & defensive system in place which unfortunately Scott forgot to teach his players. But atleast they can run around for 48 minutes.

  • What was even harder on the players was when Scott started talking system… 😛

  • What was even harder on the players was when Scott started talking system… 😛

  • Do you realize that the lakers added 10 new players this season?
    And that 4 of the starters are new to Scott’s system? Two of which are rookies?

    Or that only 3 people on the team have any sort of experience with Scott’s system.

    After 7 games, can any coach expect to have a fluid system in place?

  • Do you realize that the lakers added 10 new players this season?
    And that 4 of the starters are new to Scott’s system? Two of which are rookies?

    Or that only 3 people on the team have any sort of experience with Scott’s system.

    After 7 games, can any coach expect to have a fluid system in place?

  • do you realize that you never have your own comments? and that you always sound like a lil diva when you reply?

  • do you realize that you never have your own comments? and that you always sound like a lil diva when you reply?

  • Interesting , you hear intense running and fast paced , whole new level so on … while i’m not going to complain why were 1-7 , Love to see this team run more and outwork opponents, hustle and defend. Something that we lack.

  • Interesting , you hear intense running and fast paced , whole new level so on … while i’m not going to complain why were 1-7 , Love to see this team run more and outwork opponents, hustle and defend. Something that we lack.

  • why do i need to type something that’s already been said by someone else?

    Do you realize that most of your comments have nothing to do with the Lakers or basketball?

  • why do i need to type something that’s already been said by someone else?

    Do you realize that most of your comments have nothing to do with the Lakers or basketball?

  • You don’t need to have any experience with Scott’s system ‘coz there’s none. IF you look at the Lakers play in the past 8 games they have been indecisive and clueless of what they’re suppose to do on the court. Even a 40 or 50-point lead won’t be safe for this team Nyahahahahahaha!

  • You don’t need to have any experience with Scott’s system ‘coz there’s none. IF you look at the Lakers play in the past 8 games they have been indecisive and clueless of what they’re suppose to do on the court. Even a 40 or 50-point lead won’t be safe for this team Nyahahahahahaha!

  • I’ll be happy if the team plays as hard as the game in Orlando. They have to keep improving though and good things will happen.

  • I’ll be happy if the team plays as hard as the game in Orlando. They have to keep improving though and good things will happen.

  • Their offense is fine to me. It may be ugly at times but with time it’ll gel. The rebounding is what they need to work on.

  • Their offense is fine to me. It may be ugly at times but with time it’ll gel. The rebounding is what they need to work on.

  • If they were going to run the guys hard, I would’ve preferred Thibodeau cracking the whip instead of BS.

  • If they were going to run the guys hard, I would’ve preferred Thibodeau cracking the whip instead of BS.

  • No guarantee for top 3 !!! I rather not suffer through another 75 games with this guy !!!!!

  • No guarantee for top 3 !!! I rather not suffer through another 75 games with this guy !!!!!

  • no guarantee but we will definitely be in the race even if we fire scott, scott just gives us a better chance lol

  • I do too , there are a lot of once in a decade prospects popping out and it will get deeper once the season starts , I wish we had our pick with no restrictions .

  • no guarantee but we will definitely be in the race even if we fire scott, scott just gives us a better chance lol

  • I do too , there are a lot of once in a decade prospects popping out and it will get deeper once the season starts , I wish we had our pick with no restrictions .

  • I am more worried about his effect on players confidence in the long run , both JC and Russ already looking like damaged goods !!!

  • I am more worried about his effect on players confidence in the long run , both JC and Russ already looking like damaged goods !!!

  • I’m going to be keeping an eye on that kid from michigan caris lavert, i really like him he pulled out of last years draft due to injury he wanted to come back for his jr year so he can raise his value

  • I’m going to be keeping an eye on that kid from michigan caris lavert, i really like him he pulled out of last years draft due to injury he wanted to come back for his jr year so he can raise his value

  • Totally forgot about him , thanks for the reminder the kid if healthy going to be a star !!

  • Totally forgot about him , thanks for the reminder the kid if healthy going to be a star !!

  • Seriously !!! None of the players on the roster seem to be thriving with this guy , everyone second guessing their moves and is effecting their psyche we need a change and fast !

  • Seriously !!! None of the players on the roster seem to be thriving with this guy , everyone second guessing their moves and is effecting their psyche we need a change and fast !

  • LOL !!!!!! She does !!!!!!! Half sister of the tranny Ho the Clipper owner got done with !!!!!! Me no luv you long tine BS !! Honestly the divorce thing and the side distraction beside being a lousy coach !!! Where is MDA ??? He is still on the payroll !!!!

  • LOL !!!!!! She does !!!!!!! Half sister of the tranny Ho the Clipper owner got done with !!!!!! Me no luv you long tine BS !! Honestly the divorce thing and the side distraction beside being a lousy coach !!! Where is MDA ??? He is still on the payroll !!!!

  • These are pro-athletes. Fitness isn’t even supposed to be an issue. Scott’s camp isn’t leading to better conditioning. He’s literally just running guys into the ground.

  • These are pro-athletes. Fitness isn’t even supposed to be an issue. Scott’s camp isn’t leading to better conditioning. He’s literally just running guys into the ground.

  • I saw improvements in their last 2 games , they are playing hard, and trying , now if we had a COACH we would be much better.

  • I saw improvements in their last 2 games , they are playing hard, and trying , now if we had a COACH we would be much better.

  • So we agree, the most pointless training camp in the NBA. He runs them so hard and plays them 20 odd minutes a game. What a stunning tactical mastermind he is, surely around March that fitness work will come into play and the Lakers can begin their play off push.

  • So we agree, the most pointless training camp in the NBA. He runs them so hard and plays them 20 odd minutes a game. What a stunning tactical mastermind he is, surely around March that fitness work will come into play and the Lakers can begin their play off push.

  • Do you expect these “pro-athletes” to be in basketball shape the first week of training camp?

    And, if you can survive Scott’s training camp, you have no problems playing a full 48 minutes.

  • Do you expect these “pro-athletes” to be in basketball shape the first week of training camp?

    And, if you can survive Scott’s training camp, you have no problems playing a full 48 minutes.

  • I suppose you are a head coach and know how to train professional players better?

    Remind us, what years did you coach in the NBA?

  • I suppose you are a head coach and know how to train professional players better?

    Remind us, what years did you coach in the NBA?

    And presumably, now you’ve attacked Scott, you probably want Thibideau who runs his players harder, or hollins….

    Or maybe we can go back to D’Antoni who just ran his players into the ground without a lot of pre-conditioning.

  • The mid to late 80s and early 90s. I taught Byron everything he knows, he still does my coaching drills synonymously. He still thinks they work in today’s NBA. He a fool.

  • The mid to late 80s and early 90s. I taught Byron everything he knows, he still does my coaching drills synonymously. He still thinks they work in today’s NBA. He a fool.

  • apparently not, it seems as if other teams that have played the Lakers have more gas in the 4th qtr. and seem to know how to execute offensive and defensive plays because just maybe they spent their time learning the system and how to execute their plays while the lakers spent their time running extra lap’s around the gym while Byron was trying to build Marines, not Lakers.

  • apparently not, it seems as if other teams that have played the Lakers have more gas in the 4th qtr. and seem to know how to execute offensive and defensive plays because just maybe they spent their time learning the system and how to execute their plays while the lakers spent their time running extra lap’s around the gym while Byron was trying to build Marines, not Lakers.

  • problem is byron scott because use weak defense and solution is fired him and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers

  • problem is byron scott because use weak defense and solution is fired him and replace tom thibodeau or scott brooks and also consider monty williams as next head coach LA Lakers

  • I do yes. There are always a couple that come into camp out of shape, such as Odom but for the most part professional athletes work as hard in the off season as they do during the season. It is their job. The hard thing to work on during the off season is playing as a team and learning plays that require you to all be on the floor.

  • I do yes. There are always a couple that come into camp out of shape, such as Odom but for the most part professional athletes work as hard in the off season as they do during the season. It is their job. The hard thing to work on during the off season is playing as a team and learning plays that require you to all be on the floor.

  • Mark Jackson! Heard he’s a diva, though. That’s why he got fired in the first place

  • Mark Jackson! Heard he’s a diva, though. That’s why he got fired in the first place

  • Prediction……..

    Kobe returns to the floor tonight and leads the Lakers to their 2nd victory.

    We have been playing better despite the scoreboard. Russell is getting a bit more comfortable and having players with heart like MWP and Larry Nance Jr. in the rotation with Kobe, Hibbert, William, Young, and youngsters like Clarkson and Randle slowly coming into their own bodes for continued improvements.

    The Lakers have been in most of the games this season. And with the right breaks could have been 3-5 or better by now. So once we start closing out the winnable games in the 4th quarter we will start to see the team turn the corner.

    I’m rolling with you till the wheels fall off !

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Prediction……..

    Kobe returns to the floor tonight and leads the Lakers to their 2nd victory.

    We have been playing better despite the scoreboard. Russell is getting a bit more comfortable and having players with heart like MWP and Larry Nance Jr. in the rotation with Kobe, Hibbert, Williams, Young, and youngsters like Clarkson and Randle slowly coming into their own bodes well for continued improvements.

    The Lakers have been in most of the games this season. And with the right breaks could have been 3-5 or better by now. So once we start closing out the winnable games in the 4th quarter we will start to see the team turn the corner.

    We have a chance to go 3-7 in our first 10 games. Lets break the season into 10 game increments. If we can aim to go 6-4 in the next ten and hit that mark or better we’d build confidence and be on our way. Then play better in each ten increments.

    I’m rolling with you till the wheels fall off !

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Something makes me feel good about today’s game. Our guys are slowly getting confidence and experience. Our defense is way better. D’angelo seems starting to be more agressive.
    Clarkson always bounce in back after bad games. Nance’s confident… Dirk can pound us in offense glass (our main concern right now).

    We will click today. I guess.

  • Something makes me feel good about today’s game. Our guys are slowly getting confidence and experience. Our defense is way better. D’angelo seems starting to be more agressive.
    Clarkson always bounce in back after bad games. Nance’s confident… Dirk can’t pound us in offense glass (our main concern right now).

    We will click today. I guess.

  • Lucas Torres what I like about today’s game is three things. First the team knows they had a shot at winning the last game and let it slip away. Next they loss to this Mav’s team several games ago but have a different rotation that I think will matchup better this time. Next Kobe will eventually round back into shape and play with more confidence himself. I think with MWP and Nance Jr. in the rotation and the young players starting to get more confident will eventually help the team gel.

    We never thought it would be immediate because none of these players have played together before. But we did expect to have won at least 3 or 4 of the games we have loss thus far. So now the Lakers have to go out and win a few they are favored to lose to make up for things.

    This is a “much” better team than the record indicates. A few wins and all of a sudden things start becoming easier for everyone.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • Lucas Torres what I like about today’s game is three things. First the team knows they had a shot at winning the last game and let it slip away. Next they loss to this Mav’s team several games ago but have a different rotation that I think will matchup better this time. Next Kobe will eventually round back into shape and play with more confidence himself. Will Kobe start playing with more confidence and better results this game? Not sure but it’s coming. And I think with MWP and Nance Jr. in the rotation and the young players starting to get more confident will eventually help the team gel.

    We never thought it would be immediate because none of these players have played together before. But we did expect to have won at least 3 or 4 of the games we have loss thus far. So now the Lakers have to go out and win a few they are favored to lose to make up for things.

    This is a “much” better team than the record indicates. A few wins and all of a sudden things start becoming easier for everyone.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • On the other side, Kobe could come back today, shoot 20 shots, miss 70% of them, team lose, and Kobe be the goat…not GOAT…for the loss.

  • On the other side, Kobe could come back today, shoot 20 shots, miss 70% of them, team lose, and Kobe be the goat…not GOAT…for the loss.

  • And of course you or someone would want to continue to follow the father of all hate and play the devil’s advocate. We can always look at the glass half full or half empty your choice.

    I choose to see the glass half full. But I follow the lead of the great creator not devil the hater.

    Like the homie E-40 said “everybody’s got choices”

    I choose to cheer for Kobe to return to playing at an elite level by or before mid season. and I choose to cheer for the “team (which Kobe is a part of) to play well while Kobe is on the floor or on the bench.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • And of course you or someone would want to continue to follow the father of all hate and play the devil’s advocate. We can always look at the glass half full or half empty, our choice.

    I choose to see the glass half full. But I follow the lead of the great creator not devil the hater.

    Like the homie E-40 said “everybody’s got choices”

    I choose to cheer for Kobe to return to playing at an elite level by or before mid season. And I choose to cheer for the “team” (which Kobe is a part of) to play well while Kobe is on the floor or on the bench.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • All good ! But I don’t think the other side is lacking representation.

    We have to many “great player” haters on this site already.

    And obviously too many in the mainstream media.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

  • All good ! But I don’t think the other side is lacking representation.

    We have to many “great player” haters on this site already.

    And obviously too many in the mainstream media.

    Go Lakers !

    Paytc

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