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Byron Scott on why Kobe can isolate on offense: He’s earned the right

Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Byron Scott

Kobe Bryant, Joe Johnson, Byron Scott


At some point during your Thanksgiving day festivities with family, your mom is going to come up to you when you’re tempted to call out your drunk uncle/annoying grandmother on one of his/her many hypocrisies, and she’ll say, “That’s just Uncle Joe, he does that, let it go.” And you will.

That’s essentially how Byron Scott is coaching Kobe Bryant this season.

The Lakers’ coach is counting on Kobe to lead the team’s ball movement efforts, something even Kobe found amusing. At practice Monday before the Lakers flew up to Golden State to be sacrificed on that altar, Scott was asked how Kobe’s penchant for isolation hoops was damaging the Lakers ball movement plans. Via Serena Winters of

That sums up the Lakers season in a nutshell. Do as I say, not as I do. D’Angelo Russell is going to develop in this environment.

This is another sign that Byron Scott is a placeholder coach to get the Lakers through the final couple years of the Kobe Bryant era before another coach is brought in to lead the Lakers into the next era. At least Laker fans should hope that is the case.