By Will Reeve
The Los Angeles Lakers are not making the playoffs this season unless they have what amounts to a powerball lottery full of luck plop squarely into their lap.
Slow your roll Silk.
There’s little doubt head coach Byron Scott was hand-picked by Kobe Bryant, and even less doubt that he’s serving as a placeholder in his position during a period of transition for the franchise. How long that stint will be, remains to be seen.
A lot of fans have expressed on social media that they hope Scott coaches his way out of a job this season. Which begs the question: why do educated fans feel this way?
In Scott’s last 312 games coaching in the NBA he has won 85 of them for a win percentage of 27.2 percent.
Is that good?
More to the point, given that Scott has had some poor rosters, he has:
- ran a dated offense not suited to the team with a dated mindset in tow
- consistently chastised and blamed his team after games
- refused to take accountability for any issues on and off the court for his team regularly
- demonstrated a conflicting personality with today’s younger players
- proven not to be a very good head coach.
Look for Scott to be back in the assistant coaching ranks before long. A role that truly suits him much better.
When you have someone like Scott at the helm and almost an entire new core, what should the Lakers really expect wins-and-loss wise?
Realistically, anything beyond 33 wins should be considered a surprising bonus.
While the team has added some good pieces in Brandon Bass, Lou Williams, and yes even Roy Hibbert — who is still an upgrade over most centers in the league given the limited talent at the position — fans that believe they are a 50-win team are likely in for heartache.
As previously discussed in past columns, this team’s focus should be on praying that Scott uses them in a fast-paced system that suits their style and gives Jordan Clarkson, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle plenty of minutes. If that culminates in a better-than-average record; so be it — but don’t count on it.
The Lakers are in full rebuild-mode and placing too lofty of expectations on such a limited coach and young roster will do nothing to benefit either.