Byron Scott points finger at Lakers young players for disgraceful loss

Byron Scott has been critical of his young players this season.

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There was enough blame to go around after the Lakers suffered their worst loss in franchise history Monday night. But head coach Byron Scott knew who wasn’t to blame for the 123-75 defeat to the Utah Jazz — Kobe Bryant, of course.

The same Kobe who scored five points on 1 of 11 shooting and racked up a minus-43 for the game. Scott credited Kobe for stopping Rodney Hood in the second half after the second-year swingman scored 30 in the first half.

"It’s a damn shame our oldest player has to take the challenge," Scott said, via the L.A. Daily News. "It says a lot about him obviously and what he’s done all his life. But nobody else wanted to step up and take that challenge."

Bryant deserves some credit but Hood didn’t attempt a shot in the second half after the Jazz jumped out to a 64-37 lead by halftime. But Scott wasn’t done laying into his players.

"You have to show this organization that you deserve to be here and you understand what wearing that purple and gold is all about," Scott said. "I don’t think a lot of guys in that locker room understand that right now."

Then he took aim at the Lakers’ trio of young players — Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell – and said what they need to do to improve.

"It’s going to take a hell of a lot of work," Scott said. "All three of those guys have talent, no doubt about it. All three of those guys are athletic and can all do some things with that basketball. But they have to spend a whole lot of time on that end of the floor and a whole lot of time in the film room."