Byron Scott Becomes Lakers Next Head Coach

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Byron Scott returns to his former team in LA to coach The Lakers into the new era

Byron Scott returns to his former team in LA to coach The Lakers into the new era

 

After months of speculation and interviews following an abysmal season for The Los Angeles Lakers in which they only won 27 games it seems like the Lakers have finally found themselves a head coach. Byron Scott will make a homecoming of sorts as he realizes a dream of his to coach a team he played for eleven of his fourteen NBA seasons and won three NBA Championships in 1985, 1987, and 1988. Byron Scott signed a four year seventeen million dollar deal to coach the Lakers into a new era of basketball. While The Lakers are a long way from a championship Scott can help instill and rebuild a sense of winning tradition that seems to have faded in recent seasons in La La land. One of the most important things General Manger Mitch Kupchak took into consideration during his coaching search was how the relationship would be between the main staple of the Lakers organization Kobe Bryant and a new head coach in Byron Scott that actually dates back to the 1996-97 season in which Scott was on the verge of retirement and Bryant was a rookie. “I think the Kobe relationship is going to play a big part,” Scott told USA TODAY Sports about the coaching search in late May. “Again, I think I’ve got a hand up on (the job) because of our relationship. We get along extremely well. Kobe knows all about me and what I’m about…So to me, it’s going to be fun.” If Kobe buys into to what Byron Scott is selling as head coach it will be better for the Lakers as a team and as an organization especially if they have any hopes of returning to championship glory anytime soon. Byron Scott has been a head coach for 13 seasons, taking the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 before mentoring Chris Paul while with the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (playoff appearances in two of his five full seasons) and later struggling in three seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers. In all, Scott, who was fired by the Cavaliers in the summer of 2013 and was a Lakers television analyst for Time Warner last season has a coaching record of 416-521. With players such as: an aging Kobe Bryant coming off injury, a recently cut Carlos Boozer through the amnesty clause, the roller-coaster ride Nick Young, and rookie stud Julius Randle who has no NBA experience it will no doubt be a tough season for Byron Scott as the Lakers just do not seem to have the talent to match up with other stacked teams in an ultra competitive Western Conference. The Lakers have made moves for the future by trading for an expiring contract in Jeremy Lin and also receiving a 2015 first round draft pick which is great because the Phoenix Suns own the Lakers’ pick in the wake of the Steve Nash trade. All in Scott should have a few years to shape and mold the roster with young developing players as the Lakers will have maximum salary cap flexibility in the summer of 2016 to try and bring LA back to the forefront of not only the Western Conference but the NBA as a whole.

 

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