Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott made some moves this week in an attempt to help resurrect the famous franchise's stuttering season. Dropping Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer to the bench prior to Sunday's game against the New Orleans Pelicans, Scott identified a need for improvement on the defensive side of the ball.
But with the Lakers going on to lose that game (conceding over 100 points yet again) the switch up did not heed immediate results.
Cracks starting to show
And now, judging by the response of both Boozer and Scott himself when speaking to the media yesterday, it seems like his handling of the benching is threatening to expose crack in locker room harmony.
Speaking publicly for the first time since being dropped from the starting line up, Boozer made a couple of comments that have got people talking.
First the former Chicago Bulls man revealed that he and Byron Scott are still yet to discuss his benching at all - the player simply learning of the decision on his arrival at the arena Sunday night.
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"I found out right when I got to the arena, about 3 - 3.30... (Me and coach Scott) haven't talked about it."
As reported by LakersNation's Serena Winters.
Boozer, who explained this was the first time in his pro career he had found himself on the bench, also showed that he is unwilling to accept Scott's public explanation for the move.
"That's his opinion. I have a different opinion. I'll keep that one to myself," Boozer explained when discussing Scott's reference to defensive issues forcing a change.
"For me, I don’t have to go to players to go and talk to them, at least I don’t make it a point to."
Whether Scott takes a moment in the coming days to discuss privately the situation with Boozer remains to be seen but it certainly seems like that would be a useful move - if only to appease a clearly disgruntled star and maintain team unity.
The Showtime star's comments on Monday however suggest that Boozer might be waiting a while for a break-down of his benching.
"I don’t massage egos, I really don’t. It is, what it is. If you’re 5-15 at that time, from a coaching standpoint, you have to make some type of changes."
Scott's stance on man-to-man management is certainly a bold one but if the Lakers keep losing, and he continues to run the risk of alienating roster members with his standoffish approach, he might find that fortune does not always favor the brave.