The void left Julius Randle hoping the Lakers could absorb Larry Nance Jr.’s absence through NBA All-Star weekend amid soreness in his right knee.“The big thing Larry brings is energy, hustle and heart,” Randle said. “We have to go out there and fight.”The void left Lakers coach Byron Scott hoping Randle could stake his case as the starting power forward. “Julius can really show us where he’s come from,” Scott said, “and show us how much he’s grown.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Scott praised Randle’s on-ball defense. Scott complimented Randle’s aggressiveness. And Scott sensed Randle has limited his frustration with missed shots and missed calls. “I don’t try to focus on it too much anymore,” Randle said. “Calls are going to be made and things are going to happen. It’s how you react to them.”Hence, Randle’s new outlook on “sticking to the grind of the season no matter if it’s going good or bad.”“You have to keep working and keep having confidence it’ll turn around eventually,” Randle said. “I try to block it out and remember to go back to the fundamentals on why I was successful at the younger levels and break bad habits.”Unpleasant memoriesThe mention of Kobe Bryant’s name has usually sparked nostalgia among NBA coaches and players. But not Minnesota coach Sam Mitchell. “Every team has good players,” Mitchell said. “You try to emphasize those guys. But you still have to pay attention to the other guys.”That wasn’t enough when Mitchell coached the Toronto Raptors. Then, Bryant posted a career-high 81 points against Toronto on Jan. 22, 2006. Mitchell looked and sounded annoyed on the topic. “Can ya’ll ask something other than that?” Mitchell said. “I think I’ve answered that question for the last five years enough.” Radio silentScott dismissed Clippers analyst and former UCLA standout Don MacLean criticizing his coaching Monday on the “The Petros and Money Show” on 570-AM.“Who?” Scott said when MacLean’s name was brought up. On Friday’s telecast of the Lakers-Clippers game on Prime Ticket, MacLean argued Scott should play rookie point D’Angelo Russell more. On Monday, Scott argued, “that’s why you’re not coaching” before defending how he has developed Russell. MacLean critiqued Scott more on the radio, including his offensive schemes, how he has developed Russell and how he has used Nick Young. “I make nothing of it,” Scott said. “Like I said, who?” He said itScott on what would happen if Bryant coached: “He would kill somebody.” Randle already has. He entered Tuesday’s game against Minnesota at Staples Center averaging 13 points and 11.3 rebounds in the last eight games as a starter. That stretch coincided with Nance Jr.’s limitations. He missed four games because of his knee injury. He then played limited minutes off the bench in three other contests before sitting out on Sunday against Charlotte. Meanwhile, Randle has shown more consistency with his jump shot, a season-long project in which he has hoisted countless jumpers before and after practice.“Whether I make it or miss it. I feel confident,” Randle said. “I trust the process and I’ll keep working on it. Eventually it’ll turn around.”Some things have.