Byron Scott didn't say a word after his team's historic loss to the Utah Jazz

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The nature of the NBA is that, typically, a team cannot be successful forever.

Thanks to the draft, wily general managers and as Kobe Bryant will tell you, age, things change in the league to make for an exciting landscape.

Unfortunately for fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, they're in the midst of some of the darker days. As the second most successful franchise in NBA history with 16 championships to their name, boasting a record of 15-59 is particularly painful.

In fact, over the last three seasons their record reads 58-175. The two most recent of those campaigns, head coach Byron Scott has overseen and it appears as though their latest lost cut him the deepest.

The 123-75 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday night in Salt Lake City bestowed another unwelcome record upon the purple and gold. The 48-point margin tied a franchise record for the Lakers' worst ever loss.

Scott's time with the Lakers has hurt his stock, too. His 15-year NBA coaching career record now reads 452-641, which is 189 games below .500 and currently the most by any coach in NBA history.

Following the humiliating defeat, Scott didn't have the words to make his young team understand the gravity of their latest struggle.

“I didn’t say anything,” Scott told Joey Ramirez, of the team’s website. “I’d hope they would do a little soul-searching and just think about what happened tonight and think about how we just didn’t come to play and how we didn’t compete. Sometimes it just comes down to having some pride.”

Scott would go on to tell Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News that he thinks the special attraction of being a Laker is being diminished by their recent woes.

Scott said: "You have to show this organisation that you deserve to be here and you understand what wearing that purple and gold is all about. I don’t think a lot of guys in that locker room understand that right now.

The Lakers now enter their final eight games of the season desperate to get a high lottery draft pick and keen to see what all of their cap space and attractive lifestyle can get them in free agency.

And, of course, the Kobe Bryant retirement tour will reach its emotional climax.

Despite the promising young core of Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell, Scott doesn't see the next cornerstone of their franchise, like Kobe has been, in their ranks just yet.

"I don’t look at any of those guys as being our next Kobe. They can be a piece of it or part of it. But not to get to that level that he has gotten to.

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