Lakers’ Jeremy Lin, Carlos Boozer both disappointed with bench role

He lost his starting position, and Lakers guard Jeremy Lin voiced his disapproval through words.

“I believe I can be a starting point guard in the league and I want to be,” Lin said following the Lakers’ 104-87 loss on Sunday to the New Orleans Pelicans at Staples Center. “That’s been a goal of mine for a long time. I’m not going to lie. It was disappointing when I heard about it.”

He lost his starting position, and Lakers forward Carlos Boozer voiced his disapproval through silence. He left the locker room without speaking to reporters, leaving the man who demoted Boozer to speak for him.

“He wasn’t real happy,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He wasn’t real talkative today.”

Yet, the circumstances regarding their demotions are different.

That includes their roles.

Boozer, a two-time NBA All-Star, has averaged 12.4 points on a 49.8 percent clip, but Scott has often criticized his defensive effort and execution. Meanwhile, Lin has averaged 11.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and 4.9 assists but he has admitted feeling uncomfortable splitting ball handling duties with Kobe Bryant and adapting to Scott’s Princeton-based offense.

“This is one of the toughest situations I’ve been in every since I played the game of basketball,” Lin said. “It’s tough, but I believe God has me for a reason and I just keep working.”

That includes how they learned about their demotions.

Scott brought Lin into his office after Sunday’s morning shootaround explaining the thought process. Scott believes Lin lacks point guard instincts that include managing the shot clock, organizing the offense and knowing where to rotate on defense consistently. Scott told reporters he also considers Ronnie Price a better defender.

“He was okay with it. He understood that the way we were playing as a team, I had to make some changes,” Scott said of Lin. “In 10-15 games, I might make some more changes.”

Scott hardly had as much dialogue with Boozer about his role. In fact, Scott said he basically had none. Boozer missed Sunday’s morning shootaround because of an upper respiratory infection. Scott then told reporters about Boozer’s demotion. Boozer eventually found out second hand.

“Carlos has been in this league for 13 years,” Scott said. “I don’t have to have feedback on him or talk to him. He’s not young like Jeremy. I didn’t get a chance to tell him. When I walked in I could tell he knew. He already knows. No big deal. We’ll go from here and see how he handles it.”

Boozer handled it by posting 12 points on 6-of-12 shooting and six fouls through 23 minutes, basically matching Ed Davis’ offensive production. New Orleans forward Anthony Davis still scored 23 points on 11-of-15 shooting. This all brought how reminders of Boozer sitting out in fourth quarters last season in Chicago because of his defensive issues. Regardless of his role, the Lakers cannot trade Boozer since he was picked up off the amnesty claim.

“He wasn’t happy about it, which made me happy,” Scott said. “If he was happy about it, I know right then it doesn’t mean nothing to him.”

Lin handled it by posting only three points on 1 of 5 shooting and four assists in 20 minutes, basically matching Ronnie Price’s offensive struggles that entailed three points on 1-of-4 shooting. New Orleans guard and former UCLA standout Jrue Holiday also dropped 22 points on a 9-of-17 clip. Lin contended he’s “not even close” toward playing to his potential. Lin often invoked his Christian faith by citing this latest incident as an adversity he can overcome. Lin noted how his latest incident differs from his bench role last season in Houston considering it happened after he already became familiar with his teammates and the Rockets.

Most importantly, Scott refused to suggest Scott did not grant him a fair shake.

“I’m not going to even go in that direction,” Lin said. “I know what I need to do moving forward. For me, the best way I can summarize it is in my life it’s about glorifying God every day through the highs and lows. There’s no surprise right now it’s a lot for me and the team. Everyday it’s about waking up tomorrow, doing my best, having a good attitude, glorify him and everything and moving forward and trusting him with what happens.”

And what has happened so far entails two significant players experiencing a demoted role that, at least temporarily, did not solve the Lakers’ issues.

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  • Rikki M

    Scott believes Lin lacks point guard instincts that include managing the shot clock,

    I’ve seen Kobe twice just chucked up 25 ft 3 pt as soon as he crossed the half court.

    organizing the offense

    I wonder which offense Byron was talking about. Is it the double teamed Kobe turnaround jumper? Or is it the Boozer and Hill high post jumper? Oh how about Nick Young ISO contested pull up jumper? What part of that offense is organized?

    and knowing where to rotate on defense consistently

    When Lin is like actually the only one rotating and challenging shots while everybody else just stand around or camping in the paint. How many times I’ve seen Lin tried to defend 2 or 3 players at the same time while his teammates just stand around. Not to mention both Boozer, Hill, and Sacre unwillingness/unable to defend P&R.

    To attribute all that collective shortcomings to one “Chinese” guy who won’t fight back seems like a smart move no matter how disgusting that might be since nobody care about that one “Chinese” guy.

    Scott told reporters he also considers Ronnie
    Price a better defender.

    Well Price is his n*g*a. Pretty sure any old black man with no arms and legs or any black toddler is better than the best Asian PG in Byron’s mind.

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    • Eunice

      The team needs a competent PG regardless of race. Lin’s stats speak for themselves. He’s hot one night and cold the next. Jeremy went 0-10 against the Wizards. He turned the ball over and hesitated on offense. He needs to reset and get back to basics with the second unit.

      • Jason

        The lakers RECORD speaks for itself. They weren’t winning while playing Scott’s piss poor excuse of an offense and they were getting murdered while Kobe had primary ball-handling responsibilities. Nobody is saying Lin is the answer to their prayers, but throughout the start of their season, they NEVER tried to run a full game through the PG by spacing the floor w/ shooters or having their wings cut upon dribble penetration. Watch the games and stop looking at the box score.

      • sws94

        Everyone has bad shooting nights. What about the string of games scoring in double figures? In the Minny game he had 14/11 and 4 steals and the next game Kobe plays point guard. That was ridiculous and the start of Lin being confused. You have 11 assists and the next game your coach has your SG playing point? Why? As for turnovers, Kobe had a triple double with one of the stats being 10 TOs so obviously Byron doesn’t mind turnovers that much.

    • Rich

      lmao, I want Lin to do well too, but he just isn’t good defensively. He can’t stay in front of his man, can’t fight through screens, and the person he’s guarding is always able to penetrate and score easily or draw fouls. This is why our bigs always have to give help and end up picking up fouls.

      Kobe is also slow defensively now, too. We have two guards who struggle defensively. Ronnie Price is a fairly good defender.

      Price passes the ball quickly on offense, while Lin tries to make a play but ends up dribbling it at the top of the arc for seconds at a time. Lin turns it the ball over in live ball situations a lot resulting in the other team going for fast breaks.

      He’s slow and struggles to rotate on defense quick enough and fight through screeners. He’s a liability on defense, and his offense just isn’t good enough to make up for it.

      He’s not a terrific shooter, and he’s fast enough or skillful enough to be a threat when driving to the hoop, and he’s not able to make a lot of plays or control the tempo of the offense.

      The blame is not just on him, but having Boozer and Lin on the floor at the same time as defensive liabilities is tough.

      • Dino Madness

        Becareful man, people on the Lin Suckers Club are going to crucify you for telling the truth. It’s a good thing you didn’t post it at the fansided lakers pages or they would be coming at you with a vengence.

  • TTNN

    Scott believes Lin lacks knowing where to rotate on defense consistently.

    • Hank Xiaong

      Lin has to play two men there. WTF, Scott,

      • Eunice

        Jeremy hasn’t been consistent as a starter nor adjusted to his role with Kobe in 20 games. It was time for a change. Jeremy will take this opportunity to get consistent and earn a starter’s role.

    • Rich

      that’s just one play where they were broken up defensively on the fast break.

      i like Lin too, but you chinese people are blind to his lack of defense ability.

    • Arcesilaus

      It looked like they were playing 2-3 zone on defense. That was bad transition defense by Sacre which left Hill rotating on Anthony Davis. It was Lin’s failure to realize that he should always cover the upper key, but give him a little credit to think leaving Ryan Anderson open in the corner would be a bad choice. In essence, it was the Lakers’ defense that broke down.

    • Arcesilaus

      It looked like they were playing 2-3 zone on defense. That was bad transition defense by Sacre which left Hill rotating on Anthony Davis. It was Lin’s failure to realize that he should always cover the upper key, but give him a little credit to think leaving Ryan Anderson open in the corner would be a bad choice. In essence, it was the Lakers’ defense that broke down.

  • Ben

    Lin said. “I know what I need to do moving forward.” Oh $hit, thing is about to go down in La La Land. Brace yourself folks!

  • John Ngo

    Bad moved. Bad coaches. Bad team chemistry.