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Pacific Notes: Russell, Hornacek, Kerr, Morris

In an interview with David Aldridge of, Lakers rookie D’Angelo Russell admitted that he still has much to learn about the game but lamented that the lines of communication between him and coach Byron Scott aren’t more open to help facilitate his growth. When asked by Aldridge if he and Scott communicate freely, Russell responded, “At this day and age, you kind of have a feel for what you did wrong. It might sound weird, but you don’t know what to ask. So like, I turned the ball over. I know I turned the ball over and I’m coming out of the game. I’m not sure if that’s why you’re pulling me out, but I’m not sure what to ask. ‘Cause I know I turned it over. There’s nothing that you can possibly say that’s going to bring that turnover back, or anything that I can possibly do. But it’s like, I don’t know what to ask. It’s like, he wouldn’t, I don’t know, tell me if I don’t ask. So that’s where it’s kind of a blur. ” Russell has previously expressed his frustration at not being on the court late in games and Scott has come under scrutiny for not playing the team’s younger players more this season.

Here’s more from the Pacific Division:

  • Suns GM Ryan McDonough noted that one reason former coach Jeff Hornacek was fired is because the players no longer responded to his leadership, Bob Baum of The Associated Press writes. “I realize Jeff was in a tough spot [because of the injuries],” McDonough said, “but at the same time the team wasn’t competing how we hoped it would or how we think it is capable of competing.
  • McDonough recommended firing Hornacek to Suns owner Robert Sarver, but admits it was difficult to do so because of his close relationship with the former coach, Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic relays (via Twitter).
  • Warriors coach Steve Kerr has not allowed his prolonged absence, nor the team’s stellar record, to curb his fire, and the coach is demonstrating just how valuable he is to the franchise by challenging the team to continue to improve, writes Tim Bontemps of The Washington Post.
  • Suns interim coach Earl Watson intends to make Markieff Morris the focal point of the team’s offense and show him that the organization cares about him as a person, Coro relays. “He is the main focus of our offense moving forward,” Watson said regarding Morris. “I had a feeling that if we gave him positive encouragement and let him know that no matter what we love him, no matter what happens beyond basketball, and gave him an opportunity to play and let him know he is going to play. … Some things are bigger than basketball so when you reach out beyond basketball, players tend to respond well.
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6 thoughts on “Pacific Notes: Russell, Hornacek, Kerr, Morris

  1. That why the lakers need a fresh coach who can teach the young guys. Luke should be a top target if or when Scott fired. No more recycling coaches

    • BayAreaSportsFan

      Walton said he isn’t ready to be a head coach and likes his current job. Lakers fans can keep dreaming.

    • Footlong Flanagan

      There’s a big difference coaching the defending NBA Champions and the lowly Lakers. Lakers fans always want to fire the coach when they don’t win. You have to have players to win. The Lakers best player is 38 year old Kobe Bryant. That’s all anyone needs to know. Jesus could be the head coach and this team wouldn’t win 20 games. Lakers fans only answer then would be to fire Jesus!!

  2. smittybanton

    Grow up, D’Angelo! Lol. You came out because you turned the ball over. So stop being careless with the rock. Also play harder defense. Not rocket science. Stop crying. Lol. Julius Randle is playing better now, after he sucked it up, took the criticism, shut his mouth and started playing harder!

  3. D’Angelo will be watching Sting from home this year!

    Scott needs to go!

  4. Steven j Lewis

    Lakers have never been known as a team that starts their rookies or in some cases have not played them very many minutes. Looking at these 3 players which 2 of them are superstars and one who was a very good player, Scott, who I picked just because he is the current coach and is in the center of this play Russell or bring him along. I stopped at these three because I felt it was enough to show how Lakers have treated previous rookies.

    Kobe for example averaged 15.5 mins per game, played in 71 and started only 6. Byron Scott averaged 22.1 mins per, played in 74 and started 49, Magic averaged 36.1 mins, played in 77 and started no games

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