In a short period of time, Byron Scott has built a healthy track record of openly talking trash about his sorry, tanking Lakers team. He's called them "soft," he's demanded they "man up," and now he's just coming right out and saying most of the players suck and don't listen to him and he doesn't want them. Via the LA Times:
Scott has discovered that rookie point guard Jordan Clarkson yearns to keep learning and that there are others who are less interested in playing all out.
"I got a sense of a whole lot of them I wouldn't want to be in a fox hole with," Scott said after Monday's practice. "I think they'd end up shooting me in the back. So I've got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are going to be around, that we will build around, build together in this process and go through it."
He didn't specify whether they'd do it on purpose or not.
Anyway, tanking is tough! It wears on players, and it wears on a coach who's still trying to impart winning habits when his team has no good reason to win. Byron Scott's way of coping is ... well, that's certainly one way of coping.