Lakers News: Latest on Carlos Boozer’s Benching, Kobe Bryant’s Future and More

Storylines surrounding the 5-16 Los Angeles Lakers seem endless. They're dealing with injuries, they can't play defense, they're aging, they're not properly coached—you name it, and the narrative probably exists.

Of course, with so many subplots circulating around the troubled franchise, we're never in any kind of shortage in the news department. Following the team's 104-87 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans Sunday night, more intriguing buzz surfaced.

So, what do the trusted sources around the Web have to say about the team this time around? The latest rumblings may surprise you.


Carlos Boozer Benched

We've heard head coach Byron Scott talk about the team's inability to play effective defense this season. The coach has singled Carlos Boozer out on more than one occasion. Well, following another lackluster effort on that end of the court, Scott opted for a change up front.

The coach decided to go with forward Ed Davis in place of Boozer, and that may not have been a terrible decision considering Davis is one of just two active Lakers (the other is Robert Sacre) who have positive ratings on ESPN's defensive real plus-minus list.

According to Kobe Bryant, the defense employed by Scott isn't all that hard to learn, via Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation:

However, apparently Boozer just isn't grasping it. As you can imagine, he's not overly thrilled with the coach's decision, according to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.

"Obviously it was a surprise. I didn't expect that, but if helps our team win, I'm a team player," Boozer said. "If it helps our team, then that's what it's going to be... I'm sure Byron's trying to figure out a way for us to win games. That's just his opinion.  I have a different opinion.  I'll keep it to myself."

This is the first time the veteran will come off the bench in h...

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