Lakers Coach Byron Scott spent more time talking about his team’s lack of “professionalism” and “distasteful” over-the-top celebration after the Lakers beat Boston on Sunday night than he spent talking about Ronnie Price’s season-ending injury.
Price will have surgery Wednesday to remove a bone spur from his right elbow, making him the latest Laker who will “be out for the year,” Scott said.
But the story of the day Tuesday was Scott addressing the Lakers’ post-game celebration.
After their win over Boston, Jeremy Lin was being interviewed on the court when Nick Young and Jordan Hill stuck their heads into the camera and began yelling. Carlos Boozer then quickly stuck his head in before walking away.
“I just thought it showed a lack of professionalism,” Scott said. “This organization has always been very professional in what we do. I’m very proud of that Laker emblem on our shirt and that purple and gold that we wear. And not only that, the name on the back of that shirt is important too. You’ve got to respect it.”
Scott, who played on three of the Lakers’ championship teams in the 1980s, said it was important for him to address the players about their behavior before practice so that the “issue basically was resolved.”
“Most of the guys didn’t see it, but they pretty much agreed,” said Scott, who didn’t discipline the players. “It was very distasteful and it’s just not something that we want to be known as a basketball organization because that’s not who we here.”
Monday night was the first time Scott saw the celebration while watching “Jimmy Kimmel Live!,” and he had the same reaction as Kobe Bryant, who was on the show.
Bryant pursed his lips and rolled his head, which was his way of expressing his disdain for what his teammates did.
“Kobe’s reaction was the same as mine,” Scott said. “I was shaking my head like, ‘I can’t believe this.’ My thought was that I was angry. Wasn’t very happy about it after seeing it [Monday] night. I came in this morning, showed it to the guys, addressed it and just told them I was disappointed in them. That’s not us as Lakers.”
Scott said Young told him the Lakers, who are 14-41, have done that in past victories.
“It won’t happen again,” Scott said. “To me it’s a done issue.”
Young missed his second straight day of practice because of a swollen left knee and remains questionable for the game with the Jazz.
“I have no idea if Nick can play tomorrow,” Scott said. “He didn’t practice today because the knee was still swollen. We’ll see how he feels tomorrow. I’ll have to see him in shoot-around.”
Robert Sacre practiced Tuesday after not being able to on Monday because of a sore left knee. Scott that they will see how Sacre feels Wednesday before deciding if the center will play against the Jazz.
LAKERS AT UTAH
When: 6 PST.
Where: EnergySolutions Arena.
On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330.
Records: Lakers 14-41, Jazz 21-34.
Record vs. Jazz: 0-1.
Update: The Lakers probably will play some more zone defense in an attempt to improve their shabby defense. They allow an NBA-high 106.4 points per game. The Jazz averages 95.6 points per game, the fifth-lowest total in the league.
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