Beneath all the hubbub about Kobe Bryant’s retirement, the Los Angeles Lakers are still trying to rebuild their team around their two most recent lottery picks, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle. But what should be a season primarily focused — besides the Kobe hosannas — on getting Russell and Randle minutes has been muddled by the confusing decisions of head coach Byron Scott.
The latest head-scratcher was Scott moving Randle and Russell out of the starting lineup and bringing them off the bench in Monday night’s loss to the Toronto Raptors. Hilariously, the man who replaced Randle in the starting lineup was the Lakers’ other first-round pick from this summer, Larry Nance, Jr., who finished with more minutes than either of the other two. Here’s how Scott justified his decision:
What a load of… Actually, hold on a second. Byron actually makes a couple of great points here, but to illustrate why, we’ll first have to bring in the youngsters’ reactions to getting benched.