Los Angeles Lakers’ Byron Scott believes 3-point shooting “doesn’t win championships
The Lakers became one of those teams last season under former coach Mike D’Antoni, finishing third in 3-point shooting (38.1 percent) on 24.7 attempts per game. But the Lakers still finished with their worst record in L.A. franchise history.Scott’s philosophies have differed. The majority of the Lakers’ training camp has featured conditioning and defensive drills. Scott’s Princeton-based offense puts a high premium on post play at a deliberate pace. “I know that it has worked, and I think our job is to figure out how to do it,” Lin said. “I don’t think it makes sense for us to scrap everything.”Tough loveScott has become relentlessly critical of Lakers rookie forward Julius Randle. After most practices and games, Scott has called out the 19-year-old Randle to improve his conditioning and work ethic. “I’ve been a little hard on him at times,” Scott said. “Every now and then I forget that he has a lot to learn. It’s not that he’s unwilling to learn. He has to put forth the effort.”Randle said he appreciates the tough love.“He should,” Randle said. “I shouldn’t be treated the same as those (veterans). I haven’t done anything. I have to hold myself responsible. I can’t worry about what other guys do. The only thing I can do is hold myself accountable and improve every day.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “It would be nice to have those guys back,” said Lakers coach Byron Scott, who only believes Kelly will return on Sunday. “But that’s a fantasy now.”Yet, Scott also sounds skeptical the Lakers should adopt the league-wide trend that prioritizes 3-point shooting. After teams last season averaged 21.5 attempts per game, Scott said he hopes the Lakers take between 12-15 3-point shots per contest once they have a healthy roster.“I don’t believe it wins championships,” Scott said. “It gets you to the playoffs.”Actually, seven of the last eight NBA championship teams led the league in both three-point shooting and attempts, including the 2014 San Antonio Spurs. So why does Scott oppose the 3-point shot when he finished his second season with the Lakers in the 1984-85 campaign leading the NBA in that category?“A lot of teams live and die by it,” Scott said. “Teams, general managers and coaches draft that way to space the floor as much as possible. But when you have shooters like that, you need guys who can penetrate and get to the basket.” A staggering development has emerged for the Lakers. It does not just involve the Lakers losing three consecutive exhibition games by double-digit margins. It goes beyond the Lakers’ endless injuries that include guard Jeremy Lin going from having one sprained ankle to two after an individual workout on Thursday.The Lakers also cannot hit 3-pointers, averaging a league-worst 20.7 percent on attempts from beyond the arc. They have shot 1 of 19 from 3-point range in the past three games and have gone through an 111/2-quarter drought since making one.The reason partly stems from ongoing injuries to Lin, Steve Nash (back spasms), Nick Young (right thumb), Ryan Kelly (strained left hamstring), Jordan Clarkson (left calf muscle) and Xavier Henry (back spasms), players that can both attack the basket to open up the floor and can outside shots with dependable accuracy.