This Lakers season was bad from the start, but now that Byron Scott’s first-year reign is taking dead aim at ugly franchise history, will coach Scott change his ways? Scott has been using the going-nowhere scenario in LA to test players who normally wouldn’t see as much time. When Scott unexpectedly sat Jeremy Lin–one of the Lakers’ few obvious scorers–for an entire game recently, he said I know what Jeremy can do–I want to see what some other guys can do. Not much, it turns out. And now Scott’s name is about to be attached to the worst Lakers team in history. Will his competitive fire kick in? Will he play the players he thinks can help him avoid ignominy?
Mike Medina at LA Daily News puts the current Lakers futility in a nutshell: “The Lakers currently have a .258 winning percentage, the worst in franchise history. The Lakers are also only 10 more losses away from finishing with a worst record than last year’s team that went 27-55, the team’s worst in L.A. franchise history.” Last year’s Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni would be happy to be relieved of the dubious mark.