Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott was not pleased with the play of his rookie point guard, D'Angelo Russell, in the team's loss to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night, but Russell wasn't the only player whose play Scott took issue with. The defeat was the Lakers eighth in a row, ninth loss in their last ten games, and their 39th loss of the season as they cruise towards setting a new worst record in franchise history.
Such futility is not the fault of any one player, and Scott made clear that he wasn't pleased with anyone on the roster after the game, even telling reporters that he thought fans "had every right" to boo his team during the first quarter of the game due to how poorly they were playing. Those weren't the only criticisms Scott had for his team following the loss, questioning their effort and commitment during his post-game comments:
Byron Scott after tonight's game: "I start questioning, from my standpoint, if this is important to guys."— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) January 29, 2016
Byron Scott: "Only other thing you can do is basically play everybody & try to find the guys who want to play every single night."— Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner) January 29, 2016
As far as for what Scott thinks he can do to help, he didn't have a lot of answers:
Byron Scott: on what he can say to the players: "Can't say anything.."— Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner) January 29, 2016
The Lakers will play the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday night at Staples Center, and given the team's struggles combined with these most recent comments from Scott, it's hard to predict, barring a miracle, that they will break their losing streak any time soon. The All-Star break can't come soon enough.