Byron Scott is frustrated with Lakers’ defense, threatens changes. To what?
The Lakers are not only the worst defense in the NBA this season by a healthy margin, surrendering 114.7 points per 100 possessions this season, but also if they keep up this pace for the season they would have the record for worst defense of this century. Nobody since 2000 has finished with that high a number.
Lakers coach Byron Scott can’t watch anymore… well, he will watch. He gets paid a lot to do so, but he’s going to make changes to stop the bleeding.
That’s what he said after the Lakers latest loss Sunday (this time it to the Warriors), as reported by Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News.
He admitted that “patience is running thin.” Scott also said he’s “getting close” to making lineup changes after the Lakers allowed the Warriors to feature seven players cracking double digits…
“You either want to do it, can’t do it or won’t do it,” Scott said of the Lakers’ defense. “I got to assume that when I see guys jogging, that you’re tired. If I assume that, I have to make changes.”
Specifically, Scott took aim at the Lakers front line. Carlos Boozer took some exception to that.
I told Carlos Boozer that Byron faulted Lakers effort, particularly on bigs. Carlos:"It's not just the bigs."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 17, 2014
Carlos Boozer: "From the coaching staff to players, we all have to do a better job."— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) November 17, 2014
Here’s Scott’s real problem — he doesn’t have other options. He gets Nick Young back Tuesday, but Swaggy P isn’t exactly a defensive stopper. What’s he going to do, play more Robert Sacre? More Wesley Johnson?
Scott doesn’t have the cards to play on defense. He can tweak the system, but this is just not going to be a good defensive team whatever he does. He just has to hope for some big Kobe Bryant nights and see if that is going to be enough.