Scott keeps teach­ing, even if some pupils are un­will­ing

Los Angeles Times - - NBA - By Brod­er­ick Turner brod­er­ick.turner@la­times.com Twit­ter: @BA_Turner

By­ron Scott still is mak­ing his Lak­ers stu­dents at­tend classes, know­ing full well no amount of prac­tice is go­ing to change this sorry sea­son.

Still, the Lak­ers coach is ea­ger to see who his prized pupils are and which ones are just show­ing up be­cause they must, un­til the sea­son mer­ci­fully comes to an end on April 15.

Scott has dis­cov­ered that rookie point guard Jor­dan Clark­son yearns to keep learn­ing and that there are oth­ers who are less in­ter­ested in play­ing all out.

“I got a sense of a whole lot of them I wouldn’t want to be in a fox­hole with,” Scott said af­ter Mon­day’s prac­tice. “I think they’d end up shoot­ing me in the back. So I’ve got a pretty good sense of the guys that I think are go­ing to be around, that we will build around, build to­gether in this process and go through it.”

The Lak­ers are 20-56 and headed to­ward lot­tery land with the most losses in fran­chise his­tory, sur­pass­ing Mike D’An­toni’s 2013-14 crew that fin­ished 27-55.

With six games re­main­ing, all that’s left for this group with a .263 win­ning per­cent­age is to try to avoid the worst win­ning per­cent­age in fran­chise his­tory — .264 by the 1957-58 Min­neapo­lis Lak­ers, who fin­ished 19-53.

So why prac­tice so much, know­ing this sea­son is not go­ing to end well?

“The first thing is, I don’t quit,” Scott said. “And when April 15 comes or April 16 and we look up that next day, then I’ll know the sea­son is over.”

So Scott keeps teach­ing be­cause, well, he said he’s “got to teach ev­ery day.”

The coach said he had a “quick sit-down talk” Mon­day with Clark­son and rookie for­ward Julius Ran­dle to “teach those guys what it is to be a pro­fes­sional in this league and how to come to work ev­ery sin­gle day and get bet­ter.”

Scott said there wasn’t a tar­get re­turn date for Ran­dle, who has been side­lined since break­ing his right leg in the first game of the sea­son. He also is re­cov­er­ing from surgery on his right foot and won’t re­turn to full-con­tract drills un­til “prob­a­bly in July,” Scott said, around the time sum­mer league starts in Las Ve­gas. Les­son learned?

Af­ter get­ting schooled by point guard Chris Paul and the Clip­pers on Sun­day night, Clark­son said he planned on watch­ing video of that game so he can pre­pare for the re­match Tues­day night.

“All I was think­ing about af­ter the game was Tues­day, the next game,” Clark­son said. “I’ve just got to come out here and play bet­ter.”

Charles Fox Philadel­phia Inquirer

JOR­DAN CLARK­SON had 26 points against Thomas Robin­son and 76ers last week but scored only two Sun­day against Clip­pers.

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