Byron Scott “a little blindsided” by firing; says Russell talented but needs to work harder

Byron Scott, who was recently let go as Lakers coach, joined the show to explain what he think happened. Here are some of his remarks …

– On being fired: “I was a little blindsided by it. It was one of those things, it was unfortunate. … They knew the situation – that it was going to take a few years to get this thing turned around.

Scott said that he’s still fond of the Lakers. “I don’t have any ill will toward the organization,” Scott said. “I still love the Lakers organization.

— Dan asked how the last couple of years have been. “Rough,” Scott said. “But that’s what I expected.”

— Dan asked about rookie guard D’Angelo Russell . “I think he can. His work ethic has to get better. … But he has some tools. he can flat-out score. He can see the floor very well. … If he puts in the work, I think the kid can be a great player.”

He almost tried to act like he was a veteran,” Scott said. “There were times I had to be tough.”

— Scott said that Kobe Bryant was basically on a farewell tour and that wasn’t easy to deal with. “It was a juggling act all season long,” Scott said.

— On Kobe scoring 60 points in his final game: “That will go down as one of the best finishing acts to a career in the history of basketball,” Scott said.

— Scott said that he has not interviewed with other teams yet. He said he told his agent he wanted to chill out for week. But he said the Kings and Nuggets are interesting jobs. He noted “DeMarcus Cousins is a superstar.”