Byron Scott is throwing his players under the miserable bus (the Buss?) he’s been driving, telling the LA Times that there are “a whole lot of them I wouldn’t want to be in a fox hole with. I think they’d end up shooting me in the back.” Coach Scott has used this exceptional judgement to lead the Lakers to 20 wins this year and the worst record in Lakers franchise history, but his confidence is unshaken. “I’ve got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are going to be around, that we will build around,” Scott says.
Scott means fox hole guys apparently. And that perfectly describes Jeremy Lin–a player who has not issued a single complaint despite Scott’s strange treatment of him, which has bordered on sabotage considering the Lakers record. Lin is a player that by all accounts–everywhere he’s been–is a team first guy that would have your back, not shoot at it. Does Byron Scott realize he’s talking about Jeremy Lin when he talks about the fox hole mentality? It seems unlikely, given Scott’s willy-nilly dispersal of playing time and sometimes disparaging comments toward Lin. If there are a “whole lot” of these Lakers who would shoot the coach in the back, do you get rid of the lot or the coach? And if the coach goes, is there room for Lin?