LOS ANGELES (CBS4) – Nuggets rookie point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is off to a hot start, and he isn’t afraid to pull some punches with coaches who passed him over in the NBA Draft.

Emmanuel Mudiay #0 of the Denver Nuggets ;llooks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on November 3, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Emmanuel Mudiay #0 of the Denver Nuggets looks on during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 3, 2015 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott said of Mudiay “I didn’t think he was a true point guard. I didn’t think he was a guy who made great decisions when we saw him and had him here.”

Mudiay heard this, and fired back after Tuesday night’s game — according to a tweet from Denver Post Nuggets beat reporter Chris Dempsey — saying “Thank you, Byron Scott, for saying I’m not a point guard.”

Nuggets head coach Michael Malone echoed the statement, saying he feels Mudiay is a point guard who can make good decisions, “unlike some others.”

How Mudiay translates Scott’s comments into motivation for the rest of the season remains to be seen, but 12 points and 10 assists against Scott’s Lakers is a decent start.

Ben Warwick is a writer and producer at CBS4 and a huge sports fan. He is an avid fan of most Colorado teams, but was raised to watch the Dallas Cowboys play on Sundays. Follow Ben on Twitter @BenCBS4.

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