Bench altercation reveals passion according to Lakers coach Byron Scott

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Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott said some of the team’s players were involved in a verbal “altercation” during the fourth quarter of Tuesday’s 120-109 loss against the Denver Nuggets.

“It was late in the fourth quarter, where we were losing the game and guys weren’t happy,” Scott said after practice Wednesday.

“A few guys kind of discussed it in a very angry way. If they would have just sat on the bench with a smile on their face, I would’ve been much more concerned.”

Coach Scott said, “I loved it. It tells me guys care.”

Scott did not disclose which players were involved in the verbal altercation, nor did he say what the arguing was about, but he said it was the first time such thing happened this season.

“I don’t know if we needed it, but sometimes I think it’s necessary if guys need to go at each other, kind of hold each other accountable,” Scott said. “I like the fact that guys weren’t just sitting there smiling, having a good time when we were down by 8, 9 points with 35 seconds left. I like the edge that they got.”

According to forward Julius Randle, it was a natural thing. Randle was on the court during the incident.

“We don’t want to lose, man,” he said. “[We’re] just competitive. [It’s] just how it is. We’ve got guys in here that care. It’s going to happen.”


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