No matter what happens between now and April 15, the presumed end of the Lakers season, Byron Scott won't wall himself off.
He left that behind more than 20 years ago, when he and James Worthy had to assume the unofficial roles of team spokesmen after Magic Johnson was diagnosed with HIV.
It was a crushing time for Scott, and the Lakers franchise, and he didn't initially react well to the extra attention as one of the few remaining holdovers from the "Showtime" era.
To avoid reporters, he would duck out a side door near the locker room after games at the Forum. A Lakers official soon started intercepting him: Sorry, Byron. You've got to talk.