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Byron Scott says he’ll play Lakers’ young players in fourth quarters “no matter what”

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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 10: Byron Scott of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to play from the bench during a 120-108 Cleveland Cavaliers win at Staples Center on March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and condition of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

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After almost a whole season of burying his team’s young prospects and scapegoating them for what has been arguably the worst season in franchise history, Byron Scott is finally going to do what he should have done all season: use the rest of the year to play D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson in late-game situations and allow them to get experience.

It’s a nice thought, but this is what he should have been doing all season. Too much of the Lakers’ season has been focused on the Kobe Bryant farewell tour at the expense of the development of the younger players that are central to the team’s future. At least for the final three weeks of the season, we have a definitive promise that that will change.