Byron Scott Comments on Julius Randle’s Maturity, Defense and More

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott had some choice words for second-year power forward Julius Randle, who was visibly upset after being removed from his team's 97-77 victory Sunday over the Phoenix Suns, per Baxter Holmes of

"He's got to grow up," Scott said Monday after the Lakers' practice at their facility. "Simple as that."

He didn't stop there, per Holmes: "I think the main thing I don't like is, when you take him out of a game, how he acts sometimes. But again, I chalk it up to immaturity and just being inexperienced at this level because it's going to happen again. I'm going to take him out of other games that he's not going to like."

Despite his strong words, Scott did say he "loves him" and thinks Randle will develop quickly, per Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News. 

Randle, who missed nearly his entire rookie season after breaking his leg in his first NBA game, is close to averaging a double-double with 11.3 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. After averaging 15.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in two wins prior to Sunday's game, Randle had just two points in 16 minutes, despite grabbing 12 rebounds in the team's third straight victory.

Randle did not speak to reporters after the win over the Suns, but was upset Monday after he felt Scott singled him out for playing poor defense, per ESPN:

Scott began making substitutions late in the game, which the Lakers once led by 38, and the head coach said Randle "took it probably the worst, and he's going to have to learn from it," per Holmes.

The 21-year-old admitted as much, but also defended his play, according to Holmes.

"I was frustrated I wasn't on the court. Simple," Randle said. "It wasn't like I was 0-for-25 or something. I took four shots. I still had 12 rebounds, still had three assists. I took what the defense gave me."

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