Lakers Coach Byron Scott Wants Julius Randle in Better Shape

by October 09, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott is a noted fitness zealot. He’s held a brutally demanding training camp, and won’t let up.

Rookie Julius Randle had a solid preseason debut Monday night — 10 points and eight rebounds in the Lakers’ 98-95 victory over the Denver Nuggets — but Scott thinks Randle still has a ways to go with his conditioning.

Scott wants the first-round draft pick (and the whole team) to be in phenomenal shape for the regular season.

Per the LA Times:

“He’s got to do a better job of setting screens,” said Scott. “He’s got to do a better job of getting up and down the floor. He does that in spurts.


“The biggest thing with him right now is that he has to get in better shape. He’s in good shape but he has to get in great shape.”


Scott has held a vigorous training camp, pushing his players to try to make the Lakers one of the best-conditioned teams in league. […] “When you’re not in great shape and you get tired, you lose focus, it’s that simple,” said Scott. “It’s just a matter of getting him in great shape.”