Lakers: 5 Questions for Management and Coaches

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Jun 29, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and head trainer Gary Vitti during today

The Lakers front office and coaches have some explaining to do going into 2016

The Los Angeles Lakers are 5-27 through the first 32 games of the season and there are still more questions that answers for this team.

With the new year just around the corner, Lakers fans would love to see the answers to answer these five questions:

1. What message has Mitch Kupchak communicated to Byron Scott about giving more court time to the younger players?

Ordinarily a coach is primarily evaluated by the team’s win-loss record. This year, the Lakers are a miserable 5-27 and headed for an all-time franchise-worst record—and that’s with Scott playing veterans and going all-out to win games. But if developing young talent is presumably a priority this season, then has Kupchak given that message to Scott? And if he has, why isn’t Scott listening?

Is there a possibility the Lakers actually have a master plan? Could it be that they are “showcasing” veterans like Lou Williams and Brandon Bass, and perhaps even Robert Sacre and Nick Young, to enhance their value to other teams so that Kupchak can orchestrate a midseason trade or two? And after that, playing time will be turned over to the youngsters? Only time will tell.

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