It’s one thing for Boogie to have problems with his coaches, but it’s another thing to see Julius Randle and his coach spatting at each other through the media.
Randle doesn’t have it easy. The Lakers are atrocious at 8-28, but no matter how bad Kobe makes it for the rest of them, he still has a green light on his farewell tour. Instead of sitting Kobe down when they continued to lose, head coach Byron Scott benched Randle and D’Angelo Russell in early December.
Randle took the high road until tensions overflowed in a loss to the Suns on Sunday. Scott sat Julius for all but 16 minutes. “He’s got to grow up, simple as that,” Scott said after the game.
When Julius spoke to the media on Monday, he didn’t hold back his frustrations.
“I don’t think there was defense on the court at all in the fourth quarter, and he singled me out. I think it was a team thing.” Randle didn’t understand why he wasn’t playing. “Fifteen minutes. I was frustrated I wasn’t on the court. Simple.”
It wasn’t a good look for either side. Today Byron Scott tried to patch it up by making some more statements to the L.A. media. He took the, “I’m hard on him because I love him,” approach.
“If you want to believe all the reports out there, then obviously, if you read them, then we’ve got a terrible relationship,” Scott said. “But if you want to know the truth, we’ve got a great relationship. He knows that at times, as I’ve told him, because I care about him so much as a basketball player and as a person, I’m going to be hard on him. And I expect him to be disappointed in certain things.”
Nonetheless, things aren’t looking good in L.A. It was a place we all thought would eventually be a great fit, but the winning isn’t going to happen anytime soon.