The Half-Redemption of Byron Scott

Nine months after he coached his last game for the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott is an elusive figure. He is part of the Lakers past but rarely mentioned because his accomplishments were small by design. Scott had a difficult task.  Get young players on the NBA professionalism program and then exit quietly. Though the…

The No Guts Luke Walton (Byron Scott) Strategy

With his first major decision as head coach behind him, Luke Walton gave a glimpse into how he will proceed as the leader of a very young although talented team not headed for the playoffs. Let them wait. As a strategy, it borders on safety, patience and a long view. There will be no Kevin…

Mike D’Antoni, Byron Scott and 735 Days Of Failure

Two years ago, on the evening of March 6th, the Los Angeles Lakers played a home game against the Los Angeles Clippers and lost by an absurd amount no one would ever have predicted, 48 points. Unbeknowst to almost everyone at the time, that game was the Lakers postcript, their epitaph, their public burial. They…

Byron Scott, 360 Degrees

Basketball death is in the water. It sounds extreme but it’s a pretty simple calculus. Byron Scott may be the fall guy this year and drown. Just as Mike D’Antoni was the fall guy two years ago and drowned.  Just as Mike Brown couldn’t save himself. One man, begets another. One loser follows another. It’s been…

The Kids Impress But Enough To Save Byron’s Job?

The ordinary path of least resistance was the norm on Friday night when the Lakers played the Atlanta Hawks. For much of the game, the Lakers suffered from a self inflicted wound. It was predictable. A twelve win team often turns the knife on themselves by what they do not do and that held true of…

Jordan Clarkson Does It the Byron Way

It came and went, the one year anniversary. No one made note of January 23rd, 2015. It was the day Jordan Clarkson, the rookie, became Jordan Clarkson, the Laker, in his hometown of San Antonio. Twelve months have passed since Jordan Clarkson entered the starting lineup. He played 29 minutes and 20 seconds, in a…

Byron Scott is not an “Innocent Bystander”

In their annual rite of passage in which accountability is avoided, deflected and ignored, the Lakers, once again, pretended the illusion was the truth. Acting in concert with one another as if they did not do this, as if it wasn’t their hand stirring the pot of mediocrity and pretending it was brilliance, the Lakers…