Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott's handling of rookie D'Angelo Russell has raised questions, and his latest quote only raises those stakes. The Lakers are trying to "accelerate the process" by... taking extra time, he told media before their game against the Orlando Magic:
Scott said they are accelerating the process and taking extra time with Russell. He believes in him, wants to push him further.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 11, 2015
That doesn't make sense. When you accelerate you go faster, not slower. Unless you're Neo in "The Matrix" and are manipulating time. Then it makes sense, sort of. On another note, Russell wasn't aware as to why he was left out of the fourth quarter of the Lakers' loss to the Heat, but it sounds like Scott didn't think D'Angelo was "prepared" for those minutes yet:
Scott said he isn't just going to put Russell out there if he doesn't think he's fully prepared, but that he's getting there.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 11, 2015
Which is strange, because D'Angelo was playing just fine in third quarter against Miami. He challenged Dragic defensively and even did some good things on offense. We'll see if Russell's minutes or role change against the Orlando Magic, or if it's more of the blue pill.