Lakers coach Byron Scott not backing off ‘soft’ comments

first_imgRonnie Price initially insisted he didn’t have a broken nose.Not only was the Lakers point guard’s nose badly broken during Monday’s loss to the Trailblazers, he needed 11 stitches and got a black eye resulting from the damage. If that wasn’t enough, the next day he came down with severe flu symptoms.His sickness restricted him such that he didn’t have to decide if his nose was healed enough to play in Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers. After sitting out one game, his symptoms subsided enough for Price to practice Thursday and after insisting he wouldn’t wear a mask to protect his healing nose, the veteran guard reluctantly donned one. He is expected to play today against Orlando wearing the mask, but is eager to be rid of it.“I hate this thing,” Price said. “It’s the worst. It’s comfortable as far as what it is and I’m happy that someone actually put the time in to make it, but as far as me wearing it, I can’t stand it.”After taking an elbow to the nose from Portland’s Thomas Robinson on Monday, Price said the pain didn’t kick in until later that night. He was actually hoping to stop the bleeding in time to get back in the game after leaving with 29.8 seconds left in the third quarter.“They kept on telling me ‘Your nose it broke,’” Price said. “I was like, ‘No it’s not. It doesn’t hurt.’ I kept (shifting it back and forth) and it probably made it worse. Then I got to the doctor. … I looked at it and I saw that one side was dented in and the other was poking out. I was like, ‘Oh, OK.’”Young day-to-dayNick Young sat out of Thursday’s practice with a sore knee the small forward hit on the floor after he slipped coming off a screen during the second quarter of Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers.After visiting a doctor and getting X-rays on Thursday, Young called himself day-to-day and said he expects to play today when the Lakers host Orlando.Young is officially listed as questionable for the game as is Wesley Johnson, who has missed the last two games with a strained right hip flexor. Kobe Bryant also sat out of Thursday’s practice. Byron Scott wasn’t emulating the Zen Master on Wednesday night when he called his own team soft after the Lakers’ embarrassing 114-89 loss to the Clippers.It wasn’t an attempt to manipulate his team through the media, something Phil Jackson might appreciate. The Lakers coach was just mad.“I was just telling them the truth,” Scott said. “I just wanted to tell them how I felt and how I thought the Clippers viewed us as a basketball team. And I was just being totally honest.”Scott didn’t back off his comments Thursday after a practice he made sure to point out concluded with a healthy dose of running. To the contrary, Scott acknowledged the seriousness of his choice of the word soft. “It’s almost like walking up to another man and slapping him,” Scott said. “But like I said, I wasn’t pulling punches.”With his team trailing by 22 at halftime — the Lakers’ largest deficit of the night was 43 — Scott relayed the same message to his team that he later told the media. When the game ended, he simply told the players to go home. In an effort to not further enrage himself, Scott hadn’t viewed the game tape from the 25-point loss as of Thursday afternoon. “I did myself a favor and didn’t look at the video,” he said. “I’ll look at the video (Thursday) afternoon. Because for me, if I looked at the video (Wednesday) night or (Thursday) morning before practice, it probably would have just made me more pissed off, to be honest with you. Let’s get through practice. I’ll go home and I’ll look at it. Then I’ll probably come out here (Friday) pissed off.”Tough week for Pricecenter_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img

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