Byron Scott said Lakers had verbal altercation during loss to Nuggets

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott had little to smile about. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Denver Nuggets in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. 11/3/2015 (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott had little to smile about. The Los Angeles Lakers played the Denver Nuggets in a regular season NBA game at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. 11/3/2015 (photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)

The Lakers have some issues that go beyond X’s and O’s, Kobe Bryant’s health and D’Angelo Russell’s inexperience. Near the end of the Lakers’ 120-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday at Staples Center, Lakers coach Byron Scott said there was “a little bit of a verbal altercation.”

“That’s good,” Scott said after practiced on Wednesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. They tell me that they care. I want to see more fight in our guys. We want to try to stop the bleeding as soon as possible.”

Scott declined to name any players, other than saying that Kobe Bryant was not involved in the altercation. Lakers forward Julius Randle added he was in the game when the incident happened from the bench.

“We’re tired and don’t want to lose,” Randle said. “We’re competitive. That’s how it is. We have guys in here that care. It’s going to happen.”

Tarik Black, Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson also closed out the game, making it likely neither of those players were involved in the scuffle either.

“A few guys discussed [the loss] in a very angry way,” Scott said. “If they just sat on the bench with a smile on their face, I would’ve been much more concerned. I loved it. It tells me that guys care. If they were smiling or laughing, I would’ve been pissed.”

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  • TFC_JDog

    Definitely D’Angelo was one of them, he voiced frustration about not playing in crunch time after the game

  • El Kabongggg

    It was Hibbert and Bass. Someone from Lakersground mentioned this and Swaggy P came between the two. Hibbert was trying to give Bass some positive vibes but Bass was livid.

  • ebonydet

    After watching the Lakers’ D. Russell. He is another Sabastian Telfar. He is a Bust. I knew we should have chosen Okafor. But It’s to late now. We should fire the lakers Gm for making such a poor selection on this Joker. What a waste. He has put us three to four years behind.

    • Graham Thordarson

      Jesus, four games in and he’s a bust? What are you, freakin’ Nostradamus?

  • J B Rooker

    I wonder if Byron would consider a good thing if a player picked a fight with him…. to show that they care. We fans care and we’d like somebody to knock some sense in a coach who thinks he’s trying to win with some of the rotation he has out there.

    I wonder if D’angelo still says “Lakers DEFINITELY making the playoffs” now. The team being where they are in many ways cuz you’ve underperformed, lack the ability to drive to the basket like all the guys you’ve guarded. and still bricking shots, kid. Freaking skills like that of a Rookie Damian Lillard would have this team at 500 easy.

  • sportinglife

    They were probably saying, “can you believe this jackass we have for a coach?”