The Los Angeles Lakers weren't expected to pull up many trees this season, but they weren't supposed to look this bad through the first four games either.
And, with Kobe Bryant permitting Lakers fans to "panic" as the team sits on a 0-4 record, it looks like it hasn't taken long for tension to rise within the Los Angeles roster.
According to head coach Byron Scott, via ESPN, several of his players were involved in a verbal "altercation" on the bench late in the fourth quarter of Tuesday's defeat to the Denver Nuggets. But, rather than reprimanding his players for a public display of ill-discipline, Scott had a rather different reaction:
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"A few guys kind of discussed it (the game) in a very angry way. If they would have just sat on the bench with a smile on their face, I would've been much more concerned," said Scott.
"I loved it. It tells me guys care."
It is unclear exactly which players were at each other's throats this week - Scott refused to name names - but it looks like the Lakers boss is trying his best to put a positive spin on a bad situation:
"Sometimes I think it's necessary if guys need to go at each other...I like the fact that guys weren't just sitting there smiling, having a good time when we were down by 8, 9 points with 35 seconds left."
After allowing 449 points in just four games this season, there is no doubt that the Lakers need some sort of spark.
And, whilst player confrontation is usually frowned upon, this might be one of the rare times it could actually work to a team's advantage.
Clearing the air with 78 games to go is a lot better than sitting quietly as those games turn into more Ls on the schedule.
Lakers fans: Who is to blame for the team's poor start to the season? Have your say in the comments below...