Lakers’ Byron Scott believes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s all-time scoring record staying put

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott gives direction to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott gives direction to his players during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — For this entire 2014-15 Lakers’ season, it has become a matter of when and not if Kobe Bryant will eclipse Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.

More clarity has emerged on this development since Bryant will only need to score nine points when the Lakers (7-16) play on Sunday against the Minnesota Timberwolves (5-17) at Target Center to surpass Jordan’s career 32,692 points.

But what happens after that? Well, more than likely Bryant stays there. He will then trail behind Karl Malone’s 36,928 points and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 points.

“That’s going to stand for a while,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said of Abdul-Jabbar’s record. “I don’t think in our lifetime we’re going to see it being broken. It’s going to be hard for somebody to break that. Someone will have to play 20 plus years to do that.”
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Lakers’ Nick Young lifts team with game-winning shot and trash talk in 112-110 overtime win over Spurs

Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young (0) shoots the winning shot over San Antonio Spurs' Manu Ginobili (20) during overtime of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 112-110. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Nick Young (0) shoots the winning shot over San Antonio Spurs’ Manu Ginobili (20) during overtime of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, in San Antonio. Los Angeles won 112-110. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

SAN ANTONIO — The offense soon broke down. The seconds kept ticking away. No open shots looked readily available.

So the Lakers’ star had to settle for an alternative and bail his team out with a game-winning shot that only he could make.

Kobe Bryant living up to his legend once again? Bryant providing a memorable moment in a game that entailed surpassing Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list?

Think again.

The honor went to Nick Young, whose 30-foot three-pointer with 7.4 seconds left lifted the Lakers to a 112-110 overtime victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Friday at AT&T Center.

Afterwards, Young led an entertaining post-game press conference that seemed just as entertaining as his team-leading 29 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

Young started out making playful references to Bryant’s trash-talking during Thursday’s practice that entailed comparing his teammates’ softness to Charmin tissue paper.

“When I’m out there, I don’t play like Charmin,” Young said. “I like Scott tissue. It’s rougher.”
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Nick Young not happy about the Dodgers trading away Matt Kemp

Nick YoungFILE - In this July 29, 2014, file photo, Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp watches the flight of his second two-run home run, during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles. A person with knowledge of the situation says the San Diego Padres have a deal in place to acquire outfielder Matt Kemp and catcher Tim Federowicz from the division rival Los Angeles Dodgers for catcher Yasmani Grandal and two pitchers. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, because the deal hadn't been announced by either team. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Nick Young, top, was not happy about Matt Kemp (below) trade/Photos courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers, NBA.com and Associated Press (Kemp photo)

 

Nick Young grew up in Los Angeles, attending Cleveland High and then USC. He knows all about the Dodgers, and he said Thursday after practice he wasn’t thrilled that the Dodgers this week traded outfielder Matt Kemp to the San Diego Padres.

“Me and Matt Kemp is like the same people,” Young said, “so it’s like the Lakers trading me. You know, I don’t like that. So, hopefully, the Lakers keep me for a while.”

Young, who was smiling, was rather astonished to learn of the trade.

“Yeah, it was very surprising because everybody … I mean, you think of the Dodgers, you think of Matt Kemp and some of the other guys.”
 

 

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Kobe Bryant’s Showtime documentary trailer released

The seriousness on Kobe Bryant’s face deepened. Somber music played in the background. And the Lakers’ star uttered these words to foreshadow what his documentary set to release on Showtime in February will entail.

“It became more than a documentary,” Bryant said in the trailer above that was released on Friday. “It became therapy on film.”

One could presume that therapy entailed coping with injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee that kept him out last season for six games. Or dealing with the Lakers’ recent losing. Or perhaps reflecting on other adversities in his career that has still included five NBA championships and an eventual third-place standing on the league’s all-time scoring list.

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Lakers’ Byron Scott downplays Kobe Bryant’s practice tirade

Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant gestures while arguing with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant gestures while arguing with a referee during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

SAN ANTONIO –Kobe Bryant’s voice reached fever pitch. He let out a string of expletives with as much volume as one of his shooting outbursts. He demeaned teammates about their talent and effort.

With the media let in to practice on Thursday to see this incident take place, the footage soon went viral and hit the airwaves.

All of which prompted Lakers coach Byron Scott to say, so what?

“It’s a practice where guys go at each other,” Scott said after morning shootaround on Friday for the Lakers’ game tonight against San Antonio at AT&T Center. “That’s not the first time he has gone at those guys and it’s not the first time they’ve gone back at him. Last night, I’m looking at ESPN and it says Kobe goes off in practice. To me, it wasn’t that big of a deal. To me, it was fun.”

Instead, Scott viewed Bryant’s practice on Thursday as significant for another reason. He actually practiced. Scott has held out Bryant in practices and shootarounds for the last two weeks to rest his 36-year-old body. This happened after Bryant shared that he felt “heavy legs,” particularly toward the end of games.

But Bryant practiced on Thursday, both after improving his energy level and the Lakers benefiting from having two days in between games. Scott said he would like to practice Bryant when the Lakers have multiple days in between games. The Lakers will have that next week with three days in between Monday’s game in Indiana and Friday’s home game against Oklahoma City. Scott reflected on his own anxiousness during his 14-year NBA career when he faced multiple days in between games.

“I felt like I was losing something,” Scott said. “It wasn’t enough to just get shots up. If I took a day off or had a day off, that next day I wanted to get a nice lather going.”
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Lakers’ Byron Scott says Kobe Bryant more concerned about winning than breaking Michael Jordan’s scoring record

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (L) eyes the basket as he is guarded by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during their 01 February game in Los Angeles, CA. Jordan will appear in his 12th NBA All-Star game 08 February while Bryant will make his first All-Star appearance. The Lakers won the game 112-87. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

Michael Jordan of the Chicago Bulls (L) eyes the basket as he is guarded by Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers during their 01 February game in Los Angeles, CA. Jordan will appear in his 12th NBA All-Star game 08 February while Bryant will make his first All-Star appearance. The Lakers won the game 112-87. AFP PHOTO/Vince BUCCI (Photo credit should read Vince Bucci/AFP/Getty Images)

SAN ANTONIO — The moment seems inevitable.

Kobe Bryant will surpass Michael Jordan for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. Will it happen when the Lakers (6-16) play on Friday against the San Antonio Spurs (16-6) here at AT&T Center? Or will Bryant make history when the Lakers play on Sunday in Minnesota?

Bryant did not speak to reporters following morning shootaround, but Lakers coach Byron Scott maintained his star player hardly has thought about his upcoming milestone.

“His mindset is to win the game. I’m pretty sure of that,” Scott said. “The other part is secondary. His mindset is always to win.”
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Byron Scott raves about emergence of Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard of the Spurs/Photo courtesy of San Antonio Spurs, NBA.com

 

Small forward Kawhi Leonard of the San Antonio Spurs is the second-leading scorer on a balanced team that has five players averaging double figures in points. Leonard averages 14.8 points and 7.5 rebounds. But he is just scratching the surface, Lakers coach Byron Scott intimated after practice Thursday in El Segundo. That was evident when Scott was asked what problems Leonard will present when the teams square off Friday night at San Antonio.

“I don’t think there is a problem that he doesn’t present,” Scott said. “I mean, he’s a quiet assassin. Offensively, he can make 3s, he can get it to the basket, he can post up. And defensively, he can guard three or four different guys. So he’s just a very valuable piece of the puzzle and his emergence has made him that much better.”

Leonard, just 23, prepped at King High School in Riverside before playing his college ball at San Diego State. He’s in his fourth season with the Spurs (16-6), the defending NBA champions.

Leonard was held out of Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks with a bruised right hand. According to an online report by the San Antonio Express-News, an MRI done Thursday morning on the hand proved negative and he could play Friday.

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Byron Scott still not biting when baited about Magic Johnson’s hope that Lakers lose all their games

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson/Photo by Associated Press

 

Try as they might, reporters still haven’t been able to get coach Byron Scott to express any anger toward Lakers great Magic Johnson, who this week said he wants the Lakers to lose every game so they can get the highest possible pick in the draft next year.

“I got a good kick out of it because I know him; if he was on the court, there is no way in the world he would concede a basketball game,” Scott said Thursday after practice. “That’s how competitive he is. So, again, that’s why it makes me laugh.”

Jim Hill, sports anchor for CBS, kept trying, asking Scott if it irritated him.

“It really didn’t,” Scott said. “Like I said, these guys (beat reporters) asked me and I started smiling and, really, inside just laughing about it. So, no, it didn’t irritate me at all.”

 

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Byron Scott talks about what Jeremy Lin must do to thrive in reserve role

Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers, NBA.com

 

Power forward Carlos Boozer and point guard Jeremy Lin were removed from the starting lineup two games ago. Boozer has responded well with 12 points on 6 of 12 shooting in a loss to New Orleans on Sunday and 15 points on 6 of 13 shooting Tuesday in a win over Sacramento.

Lin has suffered. He had just three points on 1 of 5 shooting against New Orleans and three points on 1 of 5 shooting against Sacramento. He did have four assists in each game.

“He has to be aggressive, but you’ve gotta be smart,” coach Byron Scott said, when asked what Lin needs to do to thrive. “As a point guard, he has to understand the situations, he has to understand the guys he’s playing with, who needs a shot, when they need a shot, who’s hot and things like that. But still have an aggressive mind-set. I think right now that’s the one or two things that he’s struggling with.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s as a starter or as a reserve, those are the things he has to implement into his game.”

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