With Byron Scott now the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, the former member of the Showtime Lakers gets the chance to coach one of the best players in NBA history in Kobe Bryant.
But he also gets to coach on the most talented young prospects in the league in lottery pick and power forward Julius Randle. At Scott’s introductory press conference on Tuesday, Scott was asked his thoughts on the promising Randle and gave a flattering review:
“I think the sky is the limit for him. He’s definitely very talented. To get him at No. 7 is a steal. The kid was probably Top 3,” said Scott. “I love his attitude, I love the way he a attacks the basket, I love the way he rebounds the ball, so he brings some things to the table that will definitely help us.”
The one-and-done player helped Kentucky reach the NCAA title game while averaging 15.0 points per game and 10.4 rebounds. But Scott was quick to put down the idea of laying huge expectations for the rookie, instead keeping it simple.
“I don’t want to put a bunch of expectations on a young fella like that,” said Scott. “He just needs to come in here and play.”
In addition, Scott was also asked if he thought the Randle had a chance to start at any point during the season saying that there was always a chance.