The Lakers will give second-round draft pick Anthony Brown more playing time this week, according to Mark Medina of The Los Angeles Daily News. The 34th overall selection has appeared in 13 games, averaging 2.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 15 minutes of action while shooting just 23.8% from the field. “He’s a very long, athletic guy that can guard three positions,” said coach Byron Scott. “But I want to see if he can knock down shots on a consistent basis.” Brown’s increased role will come at the expense of Nick Young, who has been told he will not play for the next week.
There’s more news out of Los Angeles:
- Scott has sabotaged the Lakers’ future by playing veterans when he should be developing younger players like Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell, charges Mark Heisler of The Los Angeles Daily News. Heisler says he understands why the team is celebrating Kobe Bryant in his farewell season, but slams Scott for an “old-school” attitude that results in so much court time for Lou Williams, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and Young. The columnist contends Scott has failed to build a young nucleus that might attract Kevin Durant in free agency and has doomed hopes for a quick turnaround next season.
- Metta World Peace has only played in one of the Lakers’ last 17 games, but he still had a significant week, writes Mike Bresnahan of The Los Angeles Times. The 36-year-old was kept on the roster past the deadline for guaranteed contracts, ensuring he will earn his entire $1,499,187 salary. After being out of the NBA for a year, World Peace signed a non-guaranteed deal with the Lakers in September, just before camp opened. “This is probably the hardest thing I’ve ever done — get a minimum contract,” he said. “It really was. I had to ‘re-prove’ myself again.”
- This is the final NBA season for both Bryant and Sleep Train Arena, and Ken Berger of CBSSports.com writes that Bryant’s last game in Sacramento brought back lots of memories. “I looked up in the rafters and I saw the jerseys of players that I was rivals with — [Chris] Webber and [Vlade] Divac and Peja [Stojakovic],” Bryant said. “And I’m looking up there and I’m going, ‘It was just yesterday I was playing against them and their numbers are retired. What the hell am I still doing out here?’ So if I hadn’t decided to retire before now, that would’ve made me retire immediately.”