Byron Scott Comments on Lakers’ Historic Loss vs. Jazz

The Los Angeles Lakers’ dumpster fire of a season culminated Monday with a 123-75 loss to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City. The 48-point margin tied a franchise record for the Lakers' worst loss ever. 

Head coach Byron Scott said he was lost for words when speaking with his team after.  

“I didn’t say anything,” Scott said, per 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.”

Throughout the game, the Lakers showed no discipline on defense and seemingly played with a lack of effort, via the Jazz: 

The Lakers are 15-59 and have firmly been in the Western Conference cellar for most of all season, currently sitting in last place by five games. 

Scott, a 15-year head coach who's in his second season in L.A., also took an individual hit in the loss, per ESPN Stats & Info:  

The disappointing theme of this season has been trying to feel out the young talent as Kobe Bryant marches on his farewell tour. But with just eight games remaining, Scott is concerned no one among his current contingent will be able to take Bryant’s mantle, per Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

You have to show this organization 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.


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.

The Lakers have a talented young core in 23-year-old Jordan Clarkson,...

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