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Lakers’ Byron Scott says he benefited from tough demands as a player

first_img“They weren’t joking around,” Scott said before the Lakers’ 107-101 win over the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday at Staples Center. “I got a wake-up call real early that this was how it’s going to be. I better be ready for it.”Scott routinely absorbed elbows from former Lakers forward Michael Cooper. The Lakers assigned Scott to cover Johnson. Nearly all of Scott’s teammates ignored him.“The great thing is I was from here so I had a lot of support,” said Scott, who grew up in Inglewood and starred at Morningside High School. “But I would go home and think these dudes are crazy.”Those crazy dudes eventually became Scott’s friends after recalling he never backed down during practice. It also helped that Scott made the NBA’s All-Rookie first team in the 1983-84 season. Scott then became a part of the Lakers’ three NBA title runes in 1985, ’87 and ’88.“It was good because it obviously helped me grow,” Scott said. “It has gotten to the point where you formed everlasting relationships, too. After a while they respected who I was and what I could bring to the table.” Since then, Scott has adopted that demanding touch with coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09), Cleveland (2010-2013) and with the Lakers (2014-present).“I like pushing buttons,” Scott said. “I like messing with young guys. It’s fun. I like to see what they can do and how much they can take. I want to see if they will accept the challenge or not. I’ll do it in a playful way, but I’m still trying to find out what they’re made of.”Is the current generation of players sensitive to such criticism?“It would be like calling them soft. Yeah,” Scott said, chuckling. “Most of them are too sensitive.” Challenge accepted?One of those players apparently did not include Lakers rookie forward Anthony Brown. Scott approached Brown at morning shootaround on Tuesday and offered some playful albeit biting words about his mindset.“Scaredy cat or something like that,” Brown reported.Scott said that in hopes of sparking Brown’s offensive production. Despite starting in Kobe Bryant’s place on Tuesday against the Nets, Brown posted only two points on a 1-of-6 clip in 26 minutes. That marks even a slight drop from his season averages of 3.8 points on 31.5 percent shooting in 19.5 minutes through 26 contests.“I’d like him to be more aggressive and confident,” Scott said. “Defensively, he has a world of confidence he can guard most people he has to guard. I want that to translate on the other end as well.”Scott also observed Brown “is passing up shots or hesitating to take shots that are open for him.” Scott also admitted it may not help Brown only averages 4.2 shots per game amid limited playing time and playing with high volume shooters, such as Bryant, Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson and Nick Young. “That might have a little to do with it,” Scott said. “We don’t run a ton of plays for him. He doesn’t get as many opportunities as he probably would.”Brown admitted that factoring in, while focusing more on his five recent absences.“I haven’t been playing forever. So I’m finding my way,” Brown said. “It’s not the confidence. I’m trying to figure out where I fit within the grand scheme of things. I know if I’m open, I’m going to shoot the ball.”Still, Brown took no issue with Scott’s criticisms. Brown also accepted Scott’s challenge to have a shooting contest at some point on Friday, though he mused that Scott has often gotten two shot attempts while his player only receives one. “I’m not going to turn down a challenge,” Brown said. “The challenge is bringing something out of me and using that as a levee for that.”Being cautiousInstead of lighting up the crowd with a ferocious dunk, Larry Nance Jr. will only spark buzz during Wednesday’s game in Denver by signing autographs for a crowd that might feature plenty from his alma mater. The Lakers determined Nance will miss one part of their three remaining slates of back-to-back games to minimize soreness in his right knee. Nance played on Tuesday against Atlanta where he posted six points and five rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. He also threw down a two-handed dunk and one-handed dunk. But Nance will sit out on Wednesday in Denver despite University of Wyoming fans likely making the two-hour trek to see him. The Lakers also have a pair of back-to-back games against Memphis (March 22) and in Phoenix (March 23) as well as Washington (March 27) and in Utah (March 28). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img LOS ANGELES >> The Lakers’ embattled coach has held long practices unforgivingly. He has critiqued his young players openly both in person and through the media. Scott has not hesitated adjusting roles for D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle even if they represent the franchise’s long-term future.But there marked another time that Byron Scott seemed just as unpopular in Los Angeles. That moment also convinced Scott that his stern approach remains necessary a generation later.The Lakers acquired Scott from the former San Diego Clippers a few months after he was selected fourth overall in the 1983 NBA draft. But that deal entailed the Lakers trading Norm Nixon, who helped Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar win two of the Lakers’ first five NBA championships in the Showtime Era.That left Scott initially without any locker-room allies. last_img read more

MLB wrap: Braves hold off Nationals, pick up reliever to bolster bullpen

first_img MLB trade news: Trevor Bauer sent to Reds, Yasiel Puig to Indians in 3-team deal involving Padres He hit two home runs to help give the Braves enough of a cushion to withstand the seven runs scored by the Nationals in the final three innings.Source: @aduvall123 has acquired his second dinger of the game.#ChopOn pic.twitter.com/ze0dURADeR— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) July 31, 2019Along with the win, the Braves added a reliever to their bullpen.  Related News Atlanta picked up righty Chris Martin from Texas in exchange for former top prospect Kolby Allard. Studs of the NightJustin Verlander struck out 13 across seven scoreless innings as the Astros beat the Indians, 2-0. Diamondbacks rookie Taylor Clarke impressed in his Yankee Stadium debut. He picked up a win as Arizona went on to beat New York 4-2.Avisail Garcia hit a home run and added a go-ahead, two-run double in the sixth to push the Rays past the Red Sox, 6-5.Duds of the NightAsdrubal Cabrera was the only player in the Rangers’ starting line up to not record a hit. He went 0 for 3 as Texas fell 8-5 to Seattle.Giants’ Tyler Beede gave up four runs on 10 hits through five innings of work on his way to a loss against the Phillies.HighlightsThe Cardinals struck gold with Paul Goldschmidt’s 25th home run of the season. Reds’ Amir Garrett rushes Pirates dugout after tensions rise in Cincinnati The Nationals tried to put together a late rally Tuesday but the Braves managed to pull off a win, and also increase their chances at success by filling an important need before the MLB trade deadline.The 11-8 Atlanta victory came a day after Washington won with a similar margin of victory, 6-3, and was led by the efforts of Adam Duvall. MLB trade news: Braves acquire Chris Martin, send Kolby Allard to Rangers The @Cardinals take sole possession of 1st in the NL Central.A homer by the #MLBTwitterHitter was the difference. 👀 pic.twitter.com/FwswSKzhI0— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2019No wonder so many teams want Noah Syndergaard. 100 with movement.Nasty slider.100 with movement.Facing Thor is not fair. 😳 pic.twitter.com/bNOhCkBJ12— MLB (@MLB) July 31, 2019What’s Next? Pirates (47-60) at Reds (49-56), 12:35 p.m. ET — After another bench-clearing brawl between these two teams, it will be interesting to see if tempers flare when they continue the series Wednesday. Pittsburgh will start Dario Agrazal (2-1, 3.24 ERA) after beating Cincinnati, 11-4. The Reds will counter with Luis Castillo (9-4, 2.71 ERA).last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: Jan. 29, 2015

first_imgSubmitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015:Thursday• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament, 3 p.m.Friday• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament.Saturday• Girls Basketball Haven Tournament.• C-Team Basketball at Rose Hill.• Wrestling at Andover, 9 a.m.Lunch menu:Thursday lunch: Stromboli, garden spinach salad, baby carrots, pineapple chunks.Friday lunch: Sloppy Joe/bun, wedge potatoes, baked beans, mixed fruit, tortilla chips.Today’s News*Students: You will need a Student ID to get in to the Homecoming dance. Please sign-up in the office if you need a new one, or are a new student and have not received one. If you do not bring your Student ID the night of the dance, you will be charged $5 for a new one.* WHS Juniors: Looking at obtaining a degree in education? Applications are being accepted for the 26th annual Kansas Future Teacher Academy. It will be held on the campus of Emporia State University from Sunday, June 7 to Thursday, June 11.  If you’d like more information, see Mrs. Hatfield in the counselor’s office.*Not sure what to get your sweetheart, friend, or relative for Valentine’s Day? Well, WHS your problems are over. The WHS Madrigals and Mixed Ensemble are doing singing Valengrams this year on the 13th. The Valengrams will be sold during lunch today so find a choir member for more information.*There will be a Sophomore Class Ring Meeting on Wednesday, February 4 at 2:30 in the Auditorium.*Spirit Week is next week, February 2-6.  The theme is Crusaders Blast from the Past.Monday will be 50’s Grease LightningTuesday will be Sitcoms of the 60’sWednesday will be Disco FeverThursday will be 80’s BandsFriday will be Crusaders through the decades* Come audition for the all school murder-mystery production today from 4-6:30. Audition forms are with Mrs. Kelly in room 106. Cast and crew members are wanted.*There will be a box outside of Ms. Vaughn’s room to put song suggestions in for the homecoming dance- feel free to stop by.last_img read more