Hill has been rolling downhill since the calendar turned from November, his double-doubles replaced almost entirely by single-singles. His oft-touted energy motor officially stalled with a one-rebound effort Sunday in the Lakers' loss to Phoenix.
"This month, watching him on film, the intensity's not there," Lakers Coach
Scott added that "it could be the league has kind of figured him out as well."
Or maybe Hill, 27, played well over his head when he averaged 13.9 points and 9.7 rebounds last month, collecting nine double-doubles. He's averaging 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds this month with three double-doubles.
This was always going to be a tough transition for Hill, who played a career-high 21 minutes a game last season under Coach
Now he's up to 29 minutes a game, almost 12 more than his career average.
"We have to get him back to playing that [energetic] way, and I don't know how we do that right now," Scott said, adding that a minutes reduction might be necessary.
Hill's recovery time also has been slower than expected.
"He's not recovering in that 24 hours or 48 hours, whatever the case may be, as fast as we want him to or as fast as his body should," Scott said. "It's something that we've just got to try to figure out."
Black officially arrives
Hill could lose time to
The latter arrived Monday at the Lakers' training facility and introduced himself to Scott, General Manager
Black was claimed off waivers Sunday by the Lakers after Houston cut him to make room for Josh Smith.
He won't play Tuesday in Denver but might see time Friday against Memphis, Scott said.
"Growing up and playing basketball, you look at the team with the most
Black, 23, started 12 games for the
Black also said he loved playing defense, which happened to be a desperate need for the Lakers. The NBA lists Black as 6 feet 11, but he's a bit shorter than the 6-10 Ed Davis.
How tall is he really?
"In shoes, 6-foot-9," he said. "That's not something I did myself, it's just the way it came out."