DRASTIC times call for drastic measures.
In a move certain to raise the hackles of Los Angeles Lakers fans, coach Byron Scott has decided to make changes in the starting lineup of the struggling team (3-17).
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Mike Bresnahan, rookie D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle will be coming off in the next five to 10 games as part of Scott’s plan.
“Then he might make changes again,” Bresnahan shared on Twitter.
Prior to the loss at Toronto on Monday (Tuesday, Manila time) both Randle and Russell were starters in the Lakers’ last 20 games.
A bull-strong power forward Randle is currently averaging 11.7 points, 9.2 rebounds and two assists per game while playing 28 minutes a game. Playing the point beside backcourt mate Jordan Clarkson, Russell has a per game averages of 11 points, 3.1 assists and 4.7 rebounds in almost 28 minutes of action.
Replacing the two young prospects as starters are sixth man Lou Williams and high-leaping rookie Larry Nance Jr. who Scott hopes would provide energy from tipoff.
The experiment, done at the beginning of a road trip, can be sign that the Lakers are in desperate need of changes in an effort to address their poor start.
Other observers claim this could be a form of tanking for the franchise in order to get a better chance of landing another top pick in the 2016 Rookie Draft, especially after the retirement of Lakers great Kobe Bryant at the end of the season.
The moves are expected to be unpopular with fans as Scott has been criticized for restricting the minutes of his top young players, which critics fear will hamper their development.