Monday July 28th, 2014

New Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott told the team had "better be ready to play some defense."

Scott said he made the remark to Lakers guard Kobe Bryant after Bryant told Scott he was working out with forward Wesley Johnson and guard Nick Young.

The Lakers were second to last in the NBA last season in points allowed per game at 109.2. It marked the second straight year the team allowed more than 100 points per game.

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Scott laughed, but he was serious about the message. The Showtime-era Lakers were known for their offense, but they won championships because of their defense. Scott said he intends to bring that edge and discipline to this year's team.

"As a coach you have guys that police each other. This time you really have just Kobe [to do that]," Scott said. "Steve Nash, I love him, he's probably one of the nicest people I've been around. But he's not that ass-kicking type of guy. You always need one of those type guys."

Scott was hired by the Lakers over the weekend, signing a four-year deal worth $17 million. The team went 27-55 last season.

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