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Lakers caught between Kobe Bryant's past and young players' future

Lakers caught between Kobe Bryant's past and young players' future

Lakers Coach Byron Scott calls his treatment of Julius Randle “tough love,” and tough is the appropriate word to describe this seemingly endless season.

Making the slightest progress has been tough for the Lakers, who dropped to 8-28 Tuesday after they allowed the defending champion Golden State Warriors to stroll off with a 109-88 victory at a quickly emptied Staples Center.

Losing to the Warriors is no shame, and the Lakers on Tuesday didn't have Kobe Bryant (sore shoulder) or D'Angelo Russell (sore throat). What's difficult to accept is that management has allowed this to become a lost season. In that regard, at least, they're succeeding.

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