Los Angeles Lakers head coach, Byron Scott, has attempted to explain comments made in the aftermath of the franchise's 28-point loss against city rivals, the LA Clippers, on Sunday night.
Setting the record straight
Speaking prior to the team's Tuesday night re-run against the Clippers, Scott tried to put the record straight after having come in for heavy criticism for stating he knew which of the Lakers roster "he wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with."
With the Lakers in the midst of a tumultuous season - a 20-57 record good enough for just second bottom of the Western Conference - the former Showtime Era star turned head coach put his recent outburst down to frustration.
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On the back of two blowout losses it was clear that the stress is starting to show for Byron Scott:
"After the last two games (107-77 vs Portland, 106-78 vs the Clippers)...I was probably as frustrated as anybody, because all season long, our guys have put in a hell of an effort, no matter if we've been outmanned or whatever the case may be." - Byron Scott
"I though the last two games, we didn't come close. So that frustration boiled over," continued the HC. "At that particular time, there wasn't a lot of guys that I would want to be in the foxhole with. I want guys that I know I can go to battle with. That's the bottom line no matter how the season is going."
Hardly an apology from Byron Scott, but his stance shouldn't come as a surprise to many who have been keeping an eye on the Lakers' fortunes this season. Openly criticizing his roster has been a hallmark of the 54-year-old's first campaign in charge at the Staples Center.
Despite an obvious lack of talent at his disposal, and very tough Western Conference opposition, Scott hasn't let up on his players. Whether it is calling out Nicky Young, Jeremy Lin or even Kobe Bryant, the head coach isn't one to mince his words.
His latest comments didn't help the Lakers find their first win in four games though - the Clippers coming out on top 105-100.
With the Los Angeles Lakers set for another overhaul when the 2014-15 campaign comes to an end there is a chance that the player's Byron Scott wouldn't want in his foxhole may not be in LA for much longer.
After claiming many of them would probably "end up shooting me in the back", that scenario might be safer for everyone.
There are only four current Lakers players who have fully guaranteed deals for next season. With plenty of cap space, Scott will be looking to recruit some better soldiers in the near future.
What do you think Lakers fans? Is Byron Scott right to openly criticize the team, and should he be given a second season in charge? Have your say in the comments section below...
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