I’m preaching to the choir here, but, for as bad as the Lakers’ record is this season: they actually have a really solid foundation in the form of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson.

Mitch Kupchak, I’m gonna throw something out there — if you don’t like it, just throw it back…

Ready? You sure? Here it goes…

You should have Byron Scott play them more than 20 mintues a game! 

Your thoughts?

Kupchak

It’s no secret:

  • Byron Scott and Mitch have some sort of agenda re: their young stars, because right before Christmas: Scott yanked Russell and Randle out of the starting lineup due to “performance” and has them sitting in the doghouse chained to a stake in the ground.
  • This Lakers season is “all about Kobe”

If you don’t believe me, just ask Mitch himself:

“Under normal circumstances [in a season like this], at some point, you would probably concentrate on just developing all your young players,” Kupchak told ESPN on Tuesday. “But we can’t do that right now.”

Nick Young ???

“This [season] is really a justified farewell to perhaps the best player in franchise history. And, God willing, he’s going to want to play every game and he’s going to want to play a lot of minutes in every game, because that’s just the way he is.

And as long as that continues, which it should, then that’s 30-35 minutes that you might give to a young player that you can’t. How do you get a feel for your team going forward when you know that your best player is not going to be there next year? So it’s really hard to go forward until he’s no longer here.

That’s not a bad thing. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing at all. It’s something that I think is a good thing. In some regards, there’s a silver lining. Our younger players can make mistakes and it can kind of go under the radar because Kobe garnishes so much attention. Every game, it’s about Kobe. Even when he doesn’t play, it’s about Kobe. So in a lot of regards, there’s a silver lining that our guys can develop under the radar and maybe make a mistake or make two mistakes and it not be a big deal.”

Huh?

Can someone please let Kupchak know that the Lakers can tank/retain their Top 3 protected pick by playing Kobe AND the three young franchise players — not like they’re going to win anything anyway. What exactly does playing Brandon Bass over Julius Randle accomplish?

I’ll hang up and listen.