As soon as
Scott read that Lakers fans wanted the team to tank.
"We're not trying to tank games," Scott said after practice Thursday. "That's absurd."
The fans' reason was simple:
If the Lakers keep losing and end the season with one of the
"For the first time all year, I went on Instagram and saw some of the things they were saying and I said, 'You guys are ridiculous.' To think that that's how we want to play," Scott said. "We're going to try to win every game and whatever happens after that with the lottery pick, happens. I think if you go into it saying. 'We're going to lose every game to see if we can get the best pick,' I think it backfires on you."
Scott said the Lakers are trying to build a winning culture and that only comes by playing "hard every single night."
Although the Lakers have the fourth-worst record (15-41) in the NBA, most of the time Scott is getting that extra effort from his players. It doesn't hurt that the Lakers have several players who are looking for new contracts for next season.
"Yeah, I think that helps as well because they can't go astray because I have no problem sitting guys down," Scott said. "So I think they understand that they've got to come out here and play hard every single night."
"The hell with what people are saying," Ellington said. "Obviously, we're undermanned, we've faced a lot of adversity, we have a lot of injuries and you can see it in our record.
"But me personally, I'm a competitor. I've never stepped on the court or anything I've tried to do in life trying to lose. Obviously, fans are looking for the future, but we're playing for right now."
Nick Young, who has a swollen left knee that forced him to miss the
Scott said Young may be out a while longer.
"I don't think it's serious … but I think it's serious enough where he might miss another game or two," Scott said. "He's still not ready to play."
When: 7:30 p.m. PST.
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Records: Lakers 15-41;
Record vs. Bucks: 0-1.
Update: The Lakers are trying to get their first three-game winning streak since December. The Bucks may not score much, though they do play good defense. They average 98.4 points a game, 20th in the