Before the Los Angeles Lakers take on the Portland Trail Blazers, their head coach is asking for fans to have patience with two of the team's young cornerstones, Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell. Randle began the season on a tear, but has since come back down to earth a little bit as team's develop their scouting reports on the young power forward, but is still averaging a solid 11.1 points on 9.8 shots with 8.4 rebounds. Russell has looked every bit like a 19-year old playing against grown men for the first time, scoring 10.2 points on 10.3 shots to go with 4.1 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.6 turnovers.
Those may not be the type of averages that fans were hoping for out of the team's last two lottery picks, but Scott is still optimistic that the two youngsters will break through. He just thinks that it may not be this season:
Scott said with Russell "it might be sometime towards the end of next season where he says, ‘Man, I'm starting to get it.'" Same w/ Randle.— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 23, 2015
While Scott may be preaching patience, that doesn't mean he wouldn't like to be wrong and have the two start to live up to the potential that made Russell and Randle such highly touted prospects sooner rather than later:
"I know we want these guys to develop extremely fast," Byron Scott said. "And nobody more than me."— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 23, 2015
Lakers' center Roy Hibbert also recently asked fans to be patient with the purple and gold's youth movement, and they are not wrong that it is unrealistic to expect these two young players that cannot even legally buy a drink yet to contribute above average production consistently. Maybe fans of the Philadelphia 76ers aren't the only ones who need to #TrustTheProcess.