Knowing when the road ends could at least let you prepare for the inevitable. This would be Kobe Bryant’s last season, and everyone is panicking to get a glimpse of Kobe for the last time. While we celebrate every point Kobe scores regardless of the outcome of the game, his teammates are left with a dysfunctional home and team. When Kobe finally retires, the franchise had to move on without a true leader. The old school coach, Byron Scott would have to depend on D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson to curry the hurdle.
We all know how Scott could turn a rough stone into the brightest gem. He coached Jason Kidd towards two final appearances, he molded Kyrie Irving and Chris Paul in their rookie year to be the best in their craft today. When the Lakers management are intrigue about drafting Kristap Porzingis as their no.2 overall in this year’s draft, Byron wanted the Lakers to draft Russell. Russel’s court vision and shooting prowess is so good that it’s hard not to draft him. But he came out short of expectations. He was turning the ball a lot of times, and this regular season including the summer league, he wasn’t doing well and had subpar performances. It was like watching a movie and you’re waiting for that “awe” moment, until the credits roll off, end of the movie. That’s how I describe Russell, while we anticipate something magical… it never came. So Byron Scott made a bold moved last Monday to not start Russell and had delegated him in the bench during fourth quarters this season. Although it was something unlikely of Scott when he gave Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving the freedom to play and learn from their mistakes on their rookie year. I think the message is very clear now for Russell… there is no bed of roses, no shortcuts. If you want to be the best, then you have to show that you are the best.
There is no easy way, respect and starting role has to be earned. Kobe Bryant stayed most of his rookie year in the bench. And Scott want his prize rookie to know that.
So little time, so much to do. So many lessons still need to be learned, before Kobe finally retires. We all know when the road ends for kobe. But for Russell his road to redemption has just began… it’s really up to him how he takes this challenge.
This was written: Yesterday… today he gained my respect with a career high scoring 23 points and a buzzer beater.