Lakers head coach Byron Scott announced that Jeremy Lin will start in Tuesday night’s game against the OKC Thunder. Lin started the first 20 games, but Scott has been erratic in dishing out playing time for Lin since–despite the Lakers having their worst season in team history. Lin has been making the most of the time he gets, especially since the All-Star break. On Sunday night against Philadelphia Lin scored 29 points with 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a Lakers win. Lin is a free agent at the season’s end.
Asked about Lin’s future with the team, Scott revealed that his problems with Lin run deep. Scott apparently hasn’t been trying to determine Lin’s fit with the Lakers so much as whether or not Lin, whom the Lakers paid $14.9 million this season, even belongs in the league. “[Lin]’s had his ups and downs this year, but he’s definitely an NBA player, we all know that,” Scott said according Lakersnation reporter Serena Winters. (italics, 2p) “It’s just a matter of what happens in the draft and everything else that kind of determines what we’re going to do in the free agent market.” Even in starting Lin, Scott refuses to get out of his way–the Lakers’ other point guard, Jordan Clarkson, will start also. Scott may even be starting Lin for Clarkson’s sake.
Byron Scott says he’s also hoping having Jeremy Lin in the starting lineup alongside Clarkson, might help to slow Jordan’s game down.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) March 23, 2015