LA Lakers’ Byron Scott prioritizing winning over developing young players

first_img“That is the reality,” Scott said. “But the second part of the goal is you still have to develop the core of the young guys that you have. That’s my job, to win basketball games and, in the meantime, try to develop young people.”Through four games, the Lakers have failed to do both.Tunnel visionLakers forward Julius Randle spent the end of Wednesday’s practice shooting mid-range jumpers, and it became noticeable not just because most of his shots went in the basket. Randle also did not wear the protective goggles he had in the second half of Tuesday’s loss to Denver after getting poked in the eye.Will he need to keep wearing them?“We’ll see,” Randle said. “I’m good. But it was an adjustment.” Back when the Lakers seemed ecstatic after acquiring D’Angelo Russell, it appeared the only uncertainty would entail how long it would take for him to develop. Who would have known that the Lakers’ biggest offseason acquisition would have also sat during crunch time in two of the first four regular-season games?Yet, there Russell sat the entire fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center. The Lakers’ 19-year-old rookie point guard then admitted he has “no idea” why he has failed to close out games. Lakers coach Byron Scott contended Russell’s absence simply stemmed from Lou Williams scoring 14 of his 24 points in the final period. But is it in the Lakers’ best long-term interests for Russell to finish games?“Of course,” Scott said. And what needs to happen for Scott to grant Russell that opportunity?“Just keep playing. Cut down on the mistakes and continue to run the offense and do a better job on the defensive end. All the little things,” Scott said. “He knows he has to earn minutes, especially to play at the end of games that are on the line. If Lou wasn’t playing well, I would have brought him back in.”Russell posted seven points on only 3-of-11 shooting in 20 minutes. But he logged six assists and only one turnover. Lakers guard Jordan Clarkson also credited Russell’s presence for giving him open looks that resulted in a career-high 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting. But even if increased playing time could accelerate Russell’s development, Scott admitted he has different objectives. “I’m always thinking about trying to win,” Scott said. “The development part comes secondary to that. The practice is when you work on the development part.”That only opens up more questions. The Lakers are off to their worst start since last season, which ended with their worst record in franchise history. Scott has lamented that productive practices have not translated onto the actual court. But even if Scott ultimately wants Russell as his closer, the Lakers’ coach will not do so at the expense of a veteran player he believes earned his spot. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Indian rowers bag one gold and two bronze medals at Asian Games despite battling…

first_imgAdvertisementRowing has been an ancient sport in India with less spectators and participants showing interest. It all started back in 1858 when Calcutta Rowing Club was established. Henceforth, the nation has seen quality rowers with very high endurance, but this is the second time in history that the Indian rowers won medals at Asian Games.Dattu Bhonakal arguably one of the best rowers in Asia who hails from Maharashtra, lived up to expectations as he made a strong comeback from being 5th at Icheon to winning Gold with his Fours team. The Men’s fours consisted of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh, clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal. India also bagged two bronze medals in the sport through Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in double sculls.On the other hand, Dushyant Singh finished at the third place in Men’s single sculls, who was abnormally suffering from high blood pressure and heart rate before the match. He decided to participate despite not being able to breathe. He was immediately taken to the hospital as the situation was severe after the race but his commitment for his nation is commendable.Nonetheless, Rowing Federation of India has been doing a great job to uplift Rowing in India by regularly organizing State, Open National, School level tournaments which have surely resulted in the betterment of the Sport.Also Read :Asian Games: 15-year old Shardul Vihan is now officially India’s youngest medallist in the Asian Games! Advertisementlast_img read more