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Los Angeles Lakers: Top 5 Things Byron Scott Must Address As New HC

Los Angeles Lakers: Top 5 Things Byron Scott Must Address As New HC

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Last night, the Los Angeles Lakers and Byron Scott finally agreed to a deal. The two sides had met several times before agreeing to a four-year, million contract that has a team option in the final year. The Lakers come with several glaring weaknesses, and Scott will have several question marks to address with a team that won only 27 games last season.

5. Frontcourt Minute Distribution

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5. Frontcourt Minute Distribution

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After signing Carlos Boozer after he was amnestied by the Chicago Bulls, the Lakers have a plethora of capable frontcourt players. Newly drafted Julius Randle will be in the mix, and it would not be smart if the Lakers gave too many of his minutes away to other players on the roster. Randle needs minutes, and Scott’s substitution method must be well-thought before the season begins.

4. Kobe Bryant's On-Court Role

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4. Kobe Bryant's On-Court Role

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Kobe Bryant is known to be a scorer, but if Bryant wants to give the Lakers the best shot at winning games this year, he will have to be a quality playmaker on offense. With Jeremy Lin playing point guard, little passing will be produced from that position. Bryant has demonstrated the ability to tally a large amount of assists in his career over small stretches, and this season it will be absolutely necessary.

3. Shot Selection

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3. Shot Selection

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With Nick Young, Lin and Bryant slated to be in the starting lineup to open this season, shot selection could be a serious problem for this Lakers team. Scott must get his players to buy into good shot selection so Los Angeles can be an efficient offensive team. If not, the Lakers could find themselves as one of the worst team's in the league once again.

2. Defense

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2. Defense

Byron Scott Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach
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Under Mike D'Antoni last season, the Lakers were the third-worst defensive team in the entire league, giving up 107.9 points per 100 possessions. With Scott now taking over, Los Angeles will have to find a way to play better defense if the Lakers want to be a respectable team this upcoming season.

1. Patience From Lakers' Management

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1. Patience From Lakers' Management

Julius Randle Los Angeles Lakers 2014 NBA Draft
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Although the Lakers are one of the most successful franchises in the history of the league, it is vital for management to understand that this team does not have the roster capable of winning a whole lot of games this season. Instead, patience must be given to Scott, who will be looking to rebuild this team from the ground up.

Nicholas Sciria is a San Antonio Spurs writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @Nick_Sciria, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.