LOSING really takes its toll on a team and the Los Angeles Lakers – even with Kobe Bryant around – is no exception.
Coach Byron Scott admitted about ‘a little bit of a verbal altercation’ within the franchise toward the end of the team’s 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News made the report.
Scott though was pleased to see his players react that way after the Lakers remained winless in four games to start the season.
“That’s good,” Scott said. “They tell me that they care. I want to see more fight in our guys. We want to try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible.”
No names were mentioned as to who were involved in the heated exchange of words, although Scott said Bryant was not among them.
Julius Randle also said he was inside the court when the incident happened.
“A few guys discussed (the loss) in a very angry way. If they just sat on the bench with a smile on their face, I would’ve been much more concerned. I loved it. It tells me that guys care. If they were smiling or laughing, I would’ve been pissed.”
Despite the return of a healthy Bryant for his 20th NBA season, the Lakers have been playing poorly by giving up a league-worst 116.8 points per game.
Bryant himself has been struggling, shooting just 32.3 percent from the field.
In fairness to the Lakers though, they were actually competitive and lost winnable games against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and the Nuggets.
Still the season could be a long one for the proud franchise, and that is certainly not lost on former Lakers star Magic Johnson, who summed up the state of the team best in a post on his twitter account @MagicJohnson
Laker Nation: After the loss to Denver last night, I think we have to come to grips that it's going to be another long season.— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 4, 2015