Byron Scott played for the legendary "Showtime" Lakers and is a candidate to become the team's next coach.
As a television analyst, he's also kept his eye on Julius Randle, who was chosen by the Lakers with the No. 7 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
Scott took a few minutes to share his take on the power forward out of Kentucky:
Q: If you were the Lakers coach, how would you use Randle?
A: “I think you utilize what he does best. He’s very good at facing up and he’s very good in the post. He’s one of those guys that is multi-dimensional and can score in a number of ways. But I also like the fact that he plays extremely hard and he offensive rebounds the ball too. I don’t think necessarily you have to run a ton of plays for him but I think he’s the type of guy that just goes after it.”
Q: Do you think Randle is ready to start?
A: “Obviously right now he’s your starting PF. You only have three other guys under contract and obviously the Lakers have an option on the 4th guy. Right now I’m sure you’re looking at him as a starter.”
“I think physically he is (ready). He has the body and he has the size physically to compete in the NBA. Mentally is a different story. But just listening to him talk I think from a mental aspect I think he feels he’s ready and that’s the most important thing.”
Q: How would you prep Randle for the rigors of the NBA?
A: “You gotta let him know that this is a lot tougher than what you ever had to deal with. It’s a lot of hard work. It’s a lot of dedication. A lot of determination. You also have to learn how to be a professional on this level - which means getting the proper rest, eating the right things, learning all the right things to do to succeed on this level. And it never hurts to have a guy like Kobe Bryant that you can also talk to.”
Q: Do you think the Lakers will be competitive this season?
A: “I have a lot of confidence in Mitch. I’ve known him for a number of years - and the Laker organization - that they’ll put together a roster that will be very competitive this year.”