Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott is currently engaged in a feud with Clippers analyst and former NBA player Don MacLean, who decided to go to bat for youngster D'Angelo Russell. MacLean questioned Byron's handling of Russell, who said the franchise would be better off letting D'Angelo soak in 35 minutes per game even if he's coughing up the ball an exorbitant amount of times.
This criticism was brought to Scott's attention during practice on Tuesday, and Byron didn't hold back from tearing into MacLean:
Byron Scott on Don MacLean saying D’Angelo Russell should be out there much more: "First of all, to Don, that’s why you’re not coaching."— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 1, 2016
And here's the full quote, via Bill Oram of the OC Register:
Scott responds to criticism from Don MacLean and others who have questioned his handling of rookie D'Angelo Russell pic.twitter.com/NkceFEk37i— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 1, 2016
MacLean caught wind of the barb and fired back on AM570 LA:
Don MacLean on @AM570LASports: "Just because you choose to coach doesn't mean you're a good coach."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) February 2, 2016
What's that sizzling? The beef. Cooking. In Los Angeles baby.
Update: Bill Oram of the O.C. Register transcribed all of MacLean's comments here, including him saying "I still don't think [Scott] understands that they're 9-41 and setting records for losing within the Lakers franchise." Give it a read.