Newly hired Lakers Coach Byron Scott took over the team's Twitter feed Friday, giving his thoughts on the team's prospects this season. His top priority, Scott wrote, is "to get our team to play defense on a consistent basis every single night." That's a welcome thought. given the Lakers gave up 109.2 points per game last season. How does he intend to make that happen? "Accountability is obviously the first step. Desire & dedication are the next steps," Scott wrote. The Lakers announced Scott's hiring on July 28. As a player, Scott contributed to three NBA titles during the Showtime era. In his final season in the league as a player, 1996-97, Scott was a teammate of Kobe Bryant. "He was the most mature 18-year-old I had ever come across. He kind of kept to himself," Scott wrote of Bryant. Scott has an idea how he wants to deploy Bryant along with point guards Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash. lRelated Byron Scott sees tough road ahead for Lakers, but they'll play defense Lakers Now Byron Scott sees tough road ahead for Lakers, but they'll play defense See all related 8 "We will have our share of PnR [pick and roll] because of those two guys & because of Kobe as well," explained Scott. "[Bryant will] be going in the post, mid-post, & elbows a lot. There'll be enough room for him to operate in space." The Lakers have six players at either center or power forward. Scott is going to have to sort through the options when training camp opens on Sept. 30. Rookie Julius Randle, drafted with the seventh overall pick in June, will have to earn his time but Scott has high hopes for the left-handed forward from Kentucky.
Byron Scott gives initial thoughts on Lakers roster via Twitter
Los Angeles Times | Aug 9