Please note: I wrote the first half of this piece on the day before Thanksgiving after game #14. I wrote the second half yesterday after game #23.
Superstar Fanboy Coach…….by old and in the way
I have noticed that when someone says “I really do” it usually means they really don’t. If they really did they wouldn’t have to say “I really do.” So when Byron Scott was quoted preseason as saying, “I like Jeremy Lin. I really do,” I was alarmed. But I gave him the benefit of the doubt then because there was nothing else I could do. But I was skeptical. Now 14 games into a horrendous 3-11 start for the Lakers I am more skeptical than ever. Scott has proven so far to be a much more inept coach than I ever imagined he would be. He refuses to rein in Kobe Bryant who is not the player he was three years ago before the injuries which sidelined him for much of the past two seasons. But he continues to play as though he thinks he is still that same dominant player that he once was. He is not and his ball-hogging gunner mentality has contributed greatly to the Lakers’ poor start. Scott is playing Bryant too much and Jeremy Lin not enough. If he liked Jeremy so much he would feature him more and not act like the superstar fanboy coach to Kobe Bryant that he has been up to now. Byron Scott is perhaps more articulate and less abrasive than Kevin McHale, Jeremy Lin’s last coach, but he just as stupid and just as bad a coach apparently. Only time and more games will tell if he is truly a good coach or not. So far he has not been good. So far he has just been a superstar fanboy coach to Kobe Bryant. This is a major disappointment as the Lakers could be a much better team than the pathetic hero ball team they have been through the first fourteen games of the 2014-15 regular season.
Now 23 games into the 2014-15 season nothing has changed for the better since Thanksgiving. Things have only gotten worse. The Lakers are now 7-16 having gone 4-5 since Thanksgiving as a result of a slightly easier schedule against slightly easier opponents. BS has proven to be a hypocrite, a liar and a lover of hero-ball. BS is not more articulate and less abrasive than Kevin McJail. He is just a better liar. Jeremy’s starting position has been given to a D-Leaguer who is supposedly a defensive specialist. He is not. He lacks the size, speed and strength to be a defensive specialist. His defensive M.O. is to flail his arms about like a flamboyant robocop. In fact Jeremy is a much bigger, faster, stronger and better defender than his starter replacement, Ronnie Price. But there seems to be a front office directive to tank games in order to protect a top pick in next year’s draft so it would seem that Jeremy’s “demotion” has nothing at all to do with merit and everything to do with a ploy to build for the future. Throw this year’s team under the bus to make room for next year’s stars that may, of course, never materialize. It is a risk and a gamble being enabled by this year’s superstar fanboy coach, Uncle McBeanMeUpScottie. As Gary Teng keenly observed in his Quote of the Century on December 12 Uncle McScottie feels real good when his balls are in the hands of his hero-ball superstar stud, Mr. All-About-Me Bryant, who has become the consummate brick laying no-team-play teammate and champion hero-ball player of all time.