LOS ANGELES -- And in the 60th game, the Los Angeles Lakers adopted a new offense.
Not that it worked.
The Lakers are 11-49, the second-worst record in the NBA.
But change is afoot, sort of.
“We had a whole new offense thrown at us yesterday,” Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell said after Friday’s game. “Coach [Byron Scott] was demanding we run it. It was kind of tough because we didn’t really get to run it against defense. We just talked about it, threw it in and then played with it. I feel like it’s a great offense, but it was kind of thrown at us.”
The new system was designed for more ball movement, which would seem to benefit the team given that Russell -- a gifted passer -- is now the starting point guard again.
Still, there wasn't much to show for it, aside from another loss, though the Lakers only had nine turnovers to go along with 14 assists.
It might seem a bit strange to overhaul an offense so late in the season -– and it is.
But Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 draft, focused on the positives.
“In these games, we can prepare for next year and go forward and pick up second-nature habits,” he said after scoring a team-high 22 points to go along with three assists and three rebounds.