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Los Angeles Lakers Season Preview 2014/15: How will the gold and purple fare this year?
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Los Angeles Lakers coach Byron Scott has revealed that the team will relish their role as underdogs this season and he believes that they can surprise their critics.
The Lakers were fairly underwhelming in free agency with their acquisitions of Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, and as a result, the expectations outside the franchise are relatively low.
Coming off the back of a disappointing season in which they battled to avoid finishing bottom of the Western Conference, Scott will have less pressure on his shoulders this season but is confident that he will be able to exceed all expectations.
“I love the fact that pretty much everyone has written us off,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said.
“That’s obviously fuel to the fire. Obviously I’m going to use that to my ability to talk to our players about how people are viewing us as a basketball team. We’re going to go out there tomorrow and get a lot of work in. I love the fact that everybody is doubting us.”
Scott made no secret of his belief that Kobe Bryant will return from injury and make a significant impact this year, as despite playing in just six games last season, the Black Mamba has looked in good shape in his recovery from a ruptured Achilles tendon and a fractured knee over the last two years.
The Lakers coach says he expects Bryant to play in all 82 games this season and believes that the veteran guard is still more than capable of scoring around 23 or 24 points per night provided that he can keep him healthy which may involve managing his minutes better.
The 36-year-old himself conceded that he was excited and a little nervous about the season ahead after such a long spell on the sidelines, but in typical Bryant fashion, he says he will use all that as additional motivation to prove his doubters wrong that he may well not reach his previous levels.
Point guard Steve Nash will also be in a similar position after playing in just 15 games last year due to nerve issues, and so if the Lakers can keep their core players healthy, they will be confident of putting together a solid season.