The Los Angeles Lakers are coming off of an incredibly disappointing season last year due to injuries, and they are expected to have yet another difficult season this season.
Kobe Bryant will be back, which is always a plus, but the roster as a whole is simply not talented enough to compete in the Western Conference.
New head coach Byron Scott talked to the media about the difficulty of the upcoming season.
“I expect us to compete every night,” said Byron Scott on radio Thursday to “The Dan Patrick Show, via the LA Times. “The Lakers are “going to play a tough, physical brand of basketball and we’re going to play defense. ”
“It’s going to be a tough road for us,” he added. “We have a lot of work to do. I don’t know how good we’re going to be. I’ve got a lot of guys that I don’t really know. I’ve got to get to know these guys and see what makes them tick — but I’ve got one guy that I do know what makes him tick and that’s a great piece to have.”
There’s no denying that having Bryant on the team is going to give the Lakers a competitive fire that many teams in their position would not have. They have been able to put some pieces around him, but they are not a very deep team at this point in time, and still need to find another player or two to help them out off the bench.
Having Scott as a head coach is a definite positive, but he can only do so much with their current roster.
Scott has a career record of 416-521 in the regular season and 33-24 in the postseason. He last coached with the Cleveland Cavaliers when LeBron James chose to sign with the Miami Heat, and simply didn’t have many pieces to work with there either. The Lakers have added Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer to the roster which will help, but the supporting cast simply isn’t complete at this point in time.
Los Angeles isn’t done making moves this offseason, and there have been quite a few rumors surrounding a potential Michael Beasley signing. It would make sense and could add some scoring to the bench, and the Lakers need to take some gambles if they want to try to put a playoff contender on the court. There is no doubt that Scott looks to be in for a rough first season as the new head coach of the Lakers.