Forty-six games into their underwhelming season and the
They have all these young students who are having difficulties with the lesson plan, some of it having been taught to the Lakers way back during training camp in October.
So when the Lakers failed to execute the game plan Saturday night against Portland, a dismayed
The Lakers coach paused and laughed before answering.
"I'm going to leave that question alone," he said.
A young team, Scott was told.
"Yeah, a very young team," he said.
Scott understands that D'Angelo Russell is a 19-year-old rookie, Julius Randle a 21-year-old second-year player, Jordan Clarkson a 23-year-old second-year player and Larry Nance Jr. a 23-year-old rookie.
But they are starting to show Scott that they are unable to consistently retain the lessons they are given on a daily basis, and that is bothersome.
It means that Scott is constantly teaching his young team things he thinks they should already know.
"Until they can get certain things that we're trying to teach, we can't move on until they learn it," Scott said after Saturday night's blowout loss to the
"Again, it's not punishment. But until you can prove to me that we're ready to move on and do those things on a consistent basis, I've got to go back to the basics."
What's maddening for Scott is to see progress with his young team. And then he doesn't see it.
"At times they make some steps forward. They do a better job," said Scott, whose team next plays Tuesday night against Dallas at Staples Center. "And then two or three games later, it seems like they fall right back into that old pattern.
"So they've got to figure it out. There's only so much that you can do as a coach as far as a game plan is concerned. You've got to be able to carry it out to the best of your ability. Our guards and our bigs, they are not doing it right now, especially [Saturday] night."
The plan Saturday night against the Trail Blazers was to double team guards
It was something Scott and his staff drove home with the young team the morning of the game, during the game and at halftime.
But they all failed to follow the game plan.
Scott said the guards didn't do a "great job" of getting through the screens and the forwards did a "horrible job" of being up on the screens.