Is Byron Scott's Offensive System Part of the Lakers' Problem?

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Even though no one can deny that they are one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA, the grim truth is that the LA Lakers are going through a rough patch lately. The most curious issue is that even with their huge fan base, resources, infrastructure, and players that this team has, such failures just shouldn’t be happening.

To start with

Even though no one can deny that they are one of the greatest teams in the history of the NBA, the grim truth is that the LA Lakers are going through a rough patch lately. The most curious issue is that even with their huge fan base, resources, infrastructure, and players that this team has, such failures just shouldn’t be happening. Unfortunately, all these facts in favor of the Lakers do not seem to be enough to return them to their former glory. Because of all this, some started to blame Byron Scott’s offensive system as a (key) part of the Lakers’ problem. Here are some of their arguments for this claim.

Internal Problems

It would be expected (and by far the most logical) that this theory is a speculation by a dissatisfied fan, however, this is not so. This aforementioned idea first broke out in public when D'Angelo Russell named the Lakers’ system as the main cause for the devastating loss by the Oklahoma City Thunder. But, one thing needs to be addressed first. Even if there is absolutely no reasonable ground for this claim, the lone fact that one of the key players distrusts their main coach is reason enough for concern.

Not only that, but he is ready to go out in public with his concerns. Now, most of you are going to say that D'Angelo is just being D'Angelo, but, then again, who knows if he is the only one with his doubts towards Scott’s leadership. One thing is certain, even if there is nothing wrong with the offensive system, this insubordination issue inside of the Lakers seems to be getting out of hand.

Loss from Oklahoma

The next thing we need to examine is this embarrassing loss against Oklahoma. Truth be told, this game is not their only problem, since they went down by 40 points, but it is a perfect symptom of what can now be considered to be their affliction.

First off, according to game analysis, the Lakers’ players performed badly on every position, scoring the second-lowest number of points per 100 possessions at just 96.8. Furthermore, they are also giving away 108.8 points per 100 possessions (again, second-worst score in the game). This combined can be a serious problem. Additionally, anyone watching could easily tell that the Lakers barely had a decent run the entire game. All of this combined leaves a sour taste in the mouths of the fans who vigorously follow the LA Lakers schedule in hope for a miracle.

Scott’s Reply

Instead of focusing more on the (now obviously quite faulty) Lakers’ offense, Scott focused more on defense; and this time, not that of his team but of his own. However, Scott did not miss an opportunity to pass the blame onto the youngest Lakers’ trio in the roster, claiming that they are the reason for the loss in their “scared” and “pathetic” performance.

Ancient Romans had a proverb which claimed that “a leader who is a lion makes even the freshest recruits into lions”. This being said, if a true leader is supposed to be a lion, Byron Scott is not more than a cub. In a way, his unwillingness to take at least part of the blame as his own, maybe just confirms D’Angelo’s suspicions about his inadequacy as a leader.

Conclusion

The real problem behind such poor LA Lakers’ performances still remains a mystery that they may not be able to solve for quite some time. Still, even if Byron Scott’s offensive system is not the entire problem, it is definitely a large part of it.

In fact, his inability to maintain discipline amongst his players seems to be a greater issue as well. However, the Lakers’ roster is not completely blameless either. The team’s legend, Kobe Bryant, claims that they are the team which “consistently struggles to generate easy scoring opportunities” and this is not up to the coach. Be as it may, in order for at least part of these issues to be rectified, someone needs to step up and take the responsibility. Unfortunately, at the moment, this seems quite unlikely to happen in the nearest future.

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