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Despite criticism, Byron Scott says he won't ease up on Lakers' youngsters

Despite criticism, Byron Scott says he won't ease up on Lakers' youngsters

Byron Scott hears the critics. Does he ever.

They don't overtly chant the good name of Phil Jackson at home games, perhaps too polite to castigate one of their own. Scott, who is coaching the Lakers after starring on their "Showtime" teams, is tantamount to family after all.

But the boos have started creeping into recent games at Staples Center. A loss Tuesday against Minnesota would set the Lakers franchise record for most in a row (11).

It swerves the conversation toward Scott in the second season of his four-year, $17-million deal. Only one more year is guaranteed, and the Lakers have shown no fear in this department. Mike Brown was fired with $10 million...

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