The Los Angeles Lakers (1-9) are off to their worst start in the franchise’s 66-year history, but head coach Byron Scott continues to sell optimism to his players and the fans.

Scott inked a four-year deal to lead the Lakers last summer, and thinks they’ll turn things around before he’s gone, and return to their rightful place atop the NBA.

Upper management says they’re unwilling to purposefully tank away seasons in order to gain high draft picks, but the team is so bad that they likely won’t have to.

Per ESPN:

Before a recent game, Byron Scott said he told his players “doubt kills dreams.” The Los Angeles Lakers coach was just getting warmed up. […] “I told them that I have no doubt that we will win a championship in my tenure here as head coach,” Scott said last week, “because I know this organization. But I do know it’s going to take some patience. It’s a process.”

 

“I agree,” Lakers star Kobe Bryant said when asked about Scott’s remark. […] “Faith,” Bryant continued. “The Lakers’ track record. This organization is really good about turning around, period. We don’t have many dry years.”

 

“It’s a lottery,” said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said during a recent interview in his office. “It doesn’t mean anything. I mean, last year, we got the seventh pick in the draft, and to me, it felt like we lost every game. I don’t know how you lose more games to try to get a better pick. I just don’t know how you do it.” […] “We would never [tank],” he said. “This business doesn’t work that way.”