Kobe Bryant may play small forward this season

Kobe Bryant is being tested at the small forward position during training camp by Lakers coach Byron Scott. The Lakers’ first training camp runthrough saw Bryant play the wing with D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson in the backcourt, according to the Orange County Register’s Bill Oram. Scott’s reasoning is quite simple. The objective is to...Read More
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Scott is considering starting Kobe Bryant at small forward

It looks like Los Angeles Lakers fans may be getting their dream lineup this season.Though coach Byron Scott has yet to commit to any one lineup -- though one can assume Kobe Bryant and Roy Hibbert are locks in the starting lineup -- he deployed the most promising five-man unit the purple and gold can assemble: D'Angelo Russell at point guard, Jordan Clarkson at shooting guard, Bryant...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Considering Playing Kobe Bryant At Small Forward

Byron Scott is considering playing Kobe Bryant at small forward in order to get him on the court at the same time as D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. During a five-on-five scrimmage, those three backcourt players were joined by Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert. “I think the more those guys can play together, the better,” Scott said. “I’m going to try that out this first...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Kupchak: Lakers support Scott if he decides to play veterans over youth

Los Angeles Lakers Byron Scott has a difficult decision to make this season: Should he value winning at all costs or developing the team's youth?In an ideal world, the two go hand in hand. But that might not be the case this season. The Lakers' roster has conflicting interests.Kobe Bryant, Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass are in win-now mode. The veterans are either in...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Move over, Kobe: Byron Scott says Lakers' future is the young guys

The Los Angeles Lakers are by no means ushering Kobe Bryant out the door. But as the team looks toward the future, it's clear which players will determine the Lakers' destiny.Coach Byron Scott knows it, and he shared his vision with Colin Cowherd in a Tuesday appearance on "The Herd." Scott told Cowherd that he's excited for this season and ready for the young guys to battle for...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

'The Herd:' Does Byron Scott worry about the Clippers?

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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Lakers' Randle working with World Peace, might not start

With such a young roster, one might naturally assume that the Los Angeles Lakers would do everything possible to get its prospects as much playing time as possible. But coach Byron Scott reportedly isn't sure if Julius Randle will be his team's starting power forward for the 2015-16 season. In a lengthy Q&A with Bill Oram of the OC Register, Scott made it clear that he's not...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Byron Scott: I want Kobe Bryant to retire standing not hurt

Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY SportsIn what could be his final season, the 37-year-old Kobe Bryant will have a hard minutes cap this season, said coach Byron Scott to the Orange County Register. “I think the biggest decision is playing time, trying to make that as limited as possible and also back-to-back games,” said Scott. Scott will let Bryant set his minute cap. “I’m not...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Scott Most Concerned By Figuring Out Kobe's Minutes

The biggest decision facing Byron Scott with Kobe Bryant this season is his playing time. "I think the biggest decision is playing time, trying to make that as limited as possible and also back-to-back games," said Scott. "That’s something we have to talk about. Other than that, there really is no other decision to make. He wants to play, and he wants to go out the way he wants...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Lakers Logic: The Analytics Advantage

Various sports hubs began reporting over the weekend that the Los Angeles Lakers had undergone a front office overhaul, realigning their organization to give analytics a more prominent role. Beyond improving organizational agility, the Lakers front office is making a statement that they intend to drastically improve the flow of information and implementation between the analytical...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

Was Jeremy Lin's contract a steal for the Charlotte Hornets?

Jeremy Lin's two-year, $4.3 million contract with the Charlotte Hornets was barely acknowledged as a noteworthy signing. But the 27-year-old point guard didn't have as bad a year with the Los Angeles Lakers as most might think. No, Lin isn't an All-Star, or even worthy of a starter's role. But he has specific skills that are very useful in the modern game—particularly scoring...
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25 days ago  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers: Marcelo Huertas Signing Grade

(Aug. 15, 2014 – Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America) By Eldrin Masangkay: Staff Writer at Hoopstuff… The Los Angeles Lakers point guard rotation has added a fourth player to its crew. This time, the Purple and Gold turned its direction away from the youth movement and focused on veteran leadership. Marcelo Huertas from FC Barcelona joins the already existing...
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September 02, 2015  |  Discuss

Jim Buss on Scott over D'Antoni, Brown: 'He has the Laker blood'

Since Phil Jackson left town after the 2011-12 season, the Los Angeles Lakers have struggled somewhat to find their way on the coaching front. Going with the man who'd previously coached LeBron James, Mike Brown, didn't work, and the Mike D'Antoni experiment seemed doomed from the start.Now, for all of his faults, the Lakers have a member of the family on the bench in Byron Scott...
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August 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Do the Lakers Have a Budding “Big Three”?

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ widely chronicled failure to recruit players of superstar caliber has enveloped the franchise’s headlines for the past several seasons. While the Lakers’ failure to lure marquee players has stained the team has adulterated the team’s repute, it is fair to wonder whether the Lakers – in spite of all of their notorious free agent debacles – have...
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August 25, 2015  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Lakers Have a Hole That Needs Filling at Small Forward

Kobe Bryant will likely be the starting small forward for the Los Angeles Lakers this season. (Mandatory Credit: ESPN/Getty Images) Half of the players on Los Angeles Lakers’ roster are either a shooting guard or point guard. The other players on the roster are either a center or power forward. With the exception of Anthony Brown, the Lakers have no true small forward. Byron Scott...
Via The Sports Journal
August 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Lakers coach Byron Scott says Michael Jordan stands 'no chance' in golf

If you want to be the greatest, you have to top the greatest. It's an aphorism that impacts much of what the Los Angeles Lakers do on and off the court. Kobe Bryant, for one, aims to go down as the greatest ever, even better than Michael Jordan. And it appears that Lakers coach Byron Scott has his sights set on Jordan, too -- but on the putting green.On Friday, Scott posted a video...
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August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Los Angeles Lakers Must Improve Their Defense to Make the Playoffs

January 27, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder small forward Kevin Durant (35) controls the ball against the defense of Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports The 2015-16 season could very well be the final season of Kobe Bryant’s illustrious career. Heading into...
Via The Sports Journal
August 10, 2015  |  Discuss

The Los Angeles Lakers Are Turning The Tables

With rookie D’Angelo Russell shining bright in the summer league, it looks as if the Los Angeles Lakers are climbing out of the dark hole that they have dug themselves in these past 3 years. Russell is only the star focus for the Lakers right now, but the help surrounding him is built to be an extraordinary team looking to work together in search of a championship. The only question...
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August 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Byron Scott Could Face a Make or Break Year with the Los Angeles Lakers

Byron Scott finished last year with a 21-61 record, which is the worst finish in team history. (USATSI/CBS Sports) Byron Scott has been coaching since 1998. Scott has coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers, and now the Los Angeles Lakers. Throughout his sixteen years of coaching in the NBA, Scott has a 437-582 record. Last year, Byron Scott finished...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is waiting for Tim Duncan to match him

EDITOR’S NOTE: At Crossover Chronicles, we’re spending August and September tackling something other than football. We’re revisiting various “all-time” NBA conversations in a roundtable format. CC writers Joe Manganiello and Collin O’Connor are joining me for this extended roundtable series. In our opener, we looked at the top five centers in league history. Each...
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August 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Kobe Bryant as Lakers power forward: Good idea?

The NBA is evolving at a rather rapid pace. The tried and true positional definitions have less meaning with each passing day. And that has Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott considering playing Kobe Bryant at power forward when matchups allow.It makes sense at face value. The Lakers have a ton of young, talented guards, and Bryant could present a matchup nightmare for teams on...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

Hibbert asked agent to find him a coach who played in NBA

Frank Vogel became the head coach of the Indiana Pacers in 2011. Roy Hibbert was drafted by the team in the first round of the 2008 NBA Draft, but it wasn’t until after Vogel took over that the former Georgetown standout became an NBA All-Star. Despite that, Hibbert’s seems to think it is advantageous for...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
July 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Byron Scott: Kobe will play more small forward than shooting guard

Everyone in the NBA is going small these days. It's all the rage after the Golden State Warriors won the NBA title in part because of their lineup flexibility. And the Los Angeles Lakers will be joining the trend next season.According to's David Aldridge, Lakers coach Byron Scott acknowledged that with D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams all in the fold, Los...
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July 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Byron Scott: Lakers' D'Angelo Russell 'is not Magic Johnson'

Some coaches, such as Doc Rivers when it came to DeAndre Jordan, talk up their players to an extent that it because sickening. It's a way to boost their self-esteem and keep them playing their best.Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott might not be from that school of thought, if his comments about Lakers first-round pick D'Angelo Russell are any indication.Russell struggled throughout...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Don’t Read Too Far into D’Angelo Russell’s Summer League Stats

LAS VEGAS, NV – JULY 11: D’Angelo Russell #1 of the Los Angeles Lakers attempts a free throw against the Philadelphia 76ers on July 11, 2015 at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Mandatory Credit: Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images) Oh Summer League, the glorious time for fan bases to get excited about their team’s new toys and for unknown commodities to come into either...
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July 20, 2015  |  Discuss
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