The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled all season, with the Kobe Bryant retirement tour taking the public eye away from the team's poor form.
With the Lakers currently sitting at the very bottom of the Western Conference with a poor record of 14 wins and 53 losses, you would be forgiven for thinking that head coach Byron Scott has decided to just go all in on youth as their season is all but over already.
However, for some reason, Scott is still seemingly refusing to commit to turning over the on-court running of the teams to his promising young players.
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Sitting Young Stars
In a season where they are already eliminated from playoff contention with still a fair chunk of the season to go, Scott still isn't handing over the keys to the Lakers two prodigious talents.
The 54-year-old has now come out and explained his reasoning for this, saying his rookie and sophomore stars already have enough experience playing in late games.
"They (Russell and Clarkson) have had enough experience doing that so far," Scott said, according to Janis Carr of the Orange County Register.
"I really truly believe that and sometimes they've got to understand when that unit is in there playing well, sometimes I am going to go with them."
Veterans Day Out
With Clarkson and Russell on the bench, Scott allowed 32-year-old Marcelo Huertas and 29-year-old Lou Williams to man the Lakers' backcourt for much of the second half. Brandon Bass and Larry Nance Jr. played ahead of Randle.
"Like I've said before, the first thing is you're trying to win games. The second thing is, obviously, continue to try to develop our young guys, but they can't expect every single night that they're not playing well that they're still going to play in the fourth quarter when the game is on the line."
D’Angelo Russell played just 21 minutes of the loss to the Knicks, finishing the night with just four points, two rebounds and two assists. That's the same D'Angelo Russell who has recently been playing the best basketball of his career.
Randle, who has been averaging a double-double, played just 22 minutes and managed to grab seven points and eight rebounds in that time.
This is more frustration for Lakers fans, who undoubtedly want to see their talented young core out on the court more, but instead are getting to see veterans on the hardwood during the clutch moments of games.