In an interview with Lakers.com, Byron Scott spoke about his vision for the upcoming season including how he envisions personnel, defense, Kobe Bryant and the Lakers versatility. It was the first glimpse of Byron Scott, the coach, who is someone entirely separate from Byron Scott the local star so many are proud of.
“I’m pretty demanding”, he unapologetically said. “I want it done a certain way and I want guys to compete every night and get after people.” His rigid tone is a world apart from last year and so are the specifics. “There are three ways we’re going to guard side pick and rolls”, Scott explained. “We’re going to down it, hard show or red it (trap). If you do it from day one, guys get better at it because they’re working on it every day at practice.”
Anyone who watched Byron last season on Time Warner Cable SportsNet saw his visible frustration with D’antoni’s defense. Sometimes his face looked like it was going to crack. “There were games where they (Lakers) were playing defense one way and other games where they played it differently.” It’s a familiar Mike D’antoni criticism: consistency.
He doesn’t feel shame. Byron is an old school kind of coach, one that teaches through repetition and who punishes mistakes. Without a rim protector he admits a lot of responsibility is going to come by way of the team defense he will start teaching in training camp.
As for training camp itself he admitted he really won’t know much about the team and the individual player’s heart and desire until he sees them in the pressurized environment that first week when most of the players are fighting for positions. Until then he will have no idea of Julius Randle’s competitiveness. “You have to understand your players, be able to read them and what they need.”
Scott Insists he won't "run his team to ruin" in practices.
“I’ve been there myself. I understand that your body gets tired and you need to be away from the gym.”
When asked about Julius Randle who he had recently seen work out he admitted that Randle needs to get in shape but that he sees him earning a chance to play a lot of minutes. “We know he’s a rookie and needs to develop and a lot of that will come in training camp and in practice.” The last thing Scott or the Lakers want is Randle to come into training camp out of shape. That reduces his ability to participate in camp and will drastically limit his time on the court once the season starts.
But Scott is impressed by Randle’s size and power and competitiveness. “He has great feet and great quickness for his size and he’s strong as a bull. You can tell that he wants to get better. He doesn’t mind banging in the post but he’s also capable facing up from 15 feet and either going around someone or pulling up.” It’s the sort of versatility that makes a coach’s job easier because he can design multiple sets for Randle’s skill set.
As for the power forward battle, Byron is intent on letting Randle and Carlos Boozer slug it out in camp. Byron isn’t opposed to playing them together because Boozer is vocal out on the court which would benefit Randle. But Ed Davis has been a fixture at the Lakers practice facility and is very serious about his workouts. He may play with Randle too.
On Steve Nash
“The clock is ticking”, Scott said. But he did admit that Nash looked great in workouts and was pain free for the first time in almost two years.
He sees Nick Young primarily as a back up. “I love Swaggy coming off the bench. I love his firepower.” Unlike his other coaches, Byron values Nick’s energy and how he wants to win and the impact he has on the fans. “He changed his whole persona, what people thought of him. I’d never seen him play defense before.”
Says he won't 'handcuff' his players strictly to the Princeton Offense/Triangle
“I like to give my player’s a lot of freedom”, he said.
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Edited by Majesty, August 20, 2014 - 10:13 PM.