Byron Scott plans to rely on Kobe, other veterans, in Lakers starting line up

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LA Lakers' new head coach Byron Scott has given an insight as to who fans (and opposition coaches) can expect to see lining up as the starting five when the famous franchise begin the 2014-15 NBA season.

Golden oldies

And it is good news for the older generation.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Daily News the former Showtime Laker spoken openly about who he has in mind to start at the Staples Center this fall.

Kobe Bryant's place, fitness permitting, is clear cut of course with the 16-time All-Star still having enough upside to ensure he carries the hopes of the franchise on his shoulders for another season despite his advanced years and temperamental knees.

But it's not just the 35-year-old future Hall of Famer who Scott hopes to rely on for experience it seems.

Per the LA Daily News:

"Scott reported favoring Steve Nash over Jeremy Lin at point guard, Carlos Boozer over Julius Randle at power forward and Jordan Hill over Robert Sacre at center, a product Scott feeling currently more comfortable with experienced veterans over young, developing players."

Bench options

Experience is certainly the buzz world for Scott with the three selection choices above coming in at a combined age of 99 in comparison - add to that Kobe's 35 years and there shouldn't' be any worries over being overawed by an NBA atmosphere that's for sure.

It is only at small forward where a younger man could get the start with Scott allegedly leaning for 27-year-old Wesley Johnson over Lakers fan favorite Nick Young (a veritable spring chicken in contrast to some on the roster at 28).

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Young was one of the few bright spots in the Lakers dismal 27-55 2013-14 season but Scott is confident that his impressive shooting form can continue from the bench.

His impact from the bench could be just as vital in geeing up the Lakers crowd too depending on how the game is going.

Add to that a potentially revitalized Jeremy Lin and there could be some see-saw action watching the Lakers next season - even if the L column will most likely fill up all too quickly for their fans.

Kobe's role

As for Kobe Bryant's role in his former teammate's regime it looks like Scott is planning on filling one of those vacant assistant coach spots, in part at least, with the Black Mamba.

Bryant wont be in the role officially but there aren't many better people out there to bend the ear of when you are looking for advice about the league, or the Lakers than Kobe.

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