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Does Julius Randle have Beef with Byron Scott?

(Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press)

(Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press)

(Kathy Kmonicek / Associated Press)

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.

Article written by Nick Roush

"Look upon the doughnut, and not upon the hole." @RoushKSR

4 Comments for Does Julius Randle have Beef with Byron Scott?

  1. BTownUKFan
    9:31 pm January 7, 2016 Permalink

    People aren’t happy anymore unless they are creating drama. Coach Scott and Randle are both professionals they’ll work it out or one will move on. We see this all the time with players and coaches in professional sports. Nothing special about this situation.

  2. Long Dong Silver
    9:50 pm January 7, 2016 Permalink

    I don’t think the Lakers are good for any player not named Kobe. Hasn’t since he’s been there. Just my opinion.

  3. UKBlue1
    2:43 am January 8, 2016 Permalink

    The Lakers are filled with a bunch of young players or players who just aren’t very good; the immaturity level on the Lakers is off the charts. The Suns owner was complaining about his teams immaturity the other day. Bryon Scott is old school Lakers, part of the Showtime Lakers; Randle thinks he’s frustrated, playing with the guys Scott played with, he must look at these kids & think I have to coach these hot mess of kids. One & done is killing the NBA; it’s taking bad teams 76’s or take your pick of teams longer & longer & longer to have any hope of getting better having to draft kids that are so young, skill wise inexperienced that more than likely turn into lottery bust.

  4. ukjaybrat
    7:53 am January 8, 2016 Permalink

    This is going to be a wasted year for randle and the lakers. kobe will retire and they can start building next year. until then, randle just can’t lose his head and try to learn as much as he can in the meantime