Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott commented on his team’s mental state Sunday after the Lakers’ 26th loss in 31 games to start the season.
“From a mental standpoint, we just look like we're fried,” Scott said. “We're not reacting accordingly and everything is a step or two behind.”
“Tonight, just like the last game against the Clippers, just too many mental mistakes," Scott continued after a loss to the Grizzlies. “It seems like we’re a step or two slow on reacting on everything right now. I don’t think it’s physical, to be honest with you. I think tonight, the effort was there.”
The Lakers’ five wins this season are second-worst in the NBA, better than only the Philadelphia 76ers. Scott benched rookie D'Angelo Russell and second-year player Julius Randle earlier this season, and only recently has Kobe Bryant improved his play after an inefficient start to the season.
Los Angeles has lost five out of its last six games. The Lakers next play the Hornets on Monday.