Baxter Holmes ESPN Staff Writer
Kyrie Irving started every game that he played in during his rookie season under then-Cavaliers coach Byron Scott. Why hasn't Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell, the No. 2 overall pick in 2015, been given the same opportunity under Scott, who is now the Lakers coach? "[Kyrie] was just a little bit more mature," Scott said. "At 19, he was a little bit more business-like at practice and games. D'Angelo still has a playfulness about him, sometimes in practice he's joking around and losing a little bit of focus. But he's 19. I understand that." Scott added, "I didn't say [his playfulness] was a bad thing. But it is a bad thing at times. There's always a time to be serious and there's always a time to joke around. So I'm not saying it's a bad thing, I'm saying he's 19. I understand it, I'm not saying it's bad or good, but Chris Paul wasn't like that and Kyrie was a little bit, but not that much. But like I said, again, they're all different. And I accept that."