While the Lakers experienced some growing pains with their rookies early on, notably with D’Angelo Russell, 10-year veteran Lou Williams has also had issues adjusting with his new team, but coach Byron Scott still has faith in the point guard, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News writes. Williams signed a three-year, $21MM deal with the Lakers in the summer after he scored 15.5 points per game on 40.5% shooting last season in Toronto, where he won the Sixth Man of the Year award. Despite Williams’ shooting production being down, Scott has elected to use Williams in the fourth quarter of games instead of Russell, Medina adds.
“I don’t worry about Lou that much,” Scott said. “He’s one of those guys that knows how to create opportunities for himself. When he’s not shooting well, he can still get up numbers for us.”
Here’s more on the Lakers:
- The Lakers recalled rookie swingman Anthony Brown from the D-League, as Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders relays on Twitter. The Lakers’ D-League affiliate acknowledged the move (Twitter link).
- Brown may soon be assigned to the D-League again because Scott wants Brown to work on his ball-handling and develop more experience for the next two months, Medina, in a separate piece, relays. There is a decent chance Brown can make the Lakers’ lineup before that time period, Medina adds, but that would likely depend on the play of Metta World Peace, who has surprised with his conditioning.
- Kobe Bryant expressed little concern over his season-high 37 minutes played Friday night, Bill Oram of the Orange County Register details. With hints toward retirement at the end of this season, Bryant has averaged 31.1 minutes per game heading into action Sunday, as Oram points out. “My workload has been really light,” Bryant said.