Scott is the first candidate to have a second sit-down with Lakers’ management about the job. The team has already interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins, Alvin Gentry and held an informal conversation with George Karl. Rambis’ name is expected to be off the list as he will likely take an assistant coach position on Derek Fisher‘s staff with the New York Knicks.
Scott is considered an early favorite for the position, as he has plenty of familiarity with the organization having spent 11 of his 14 NBA years with Los Angeles where played a major role on the Showtime teams in the 1980s and won three titles during that span. He also has a strong relationship with Kobe Bryant, who he played with in Bryant’s rookie season in 1996.
The 53-year-old has experienced much success as a head coach in the NBA as he led the then-New Jersey Nets to consecutive NBA Finals appearances, and he earned NBA Coach of the Year honors in the 2007-08 season as he guided the then-New Orleans Hornets to a 56–26 record and second overall seed in the Western Conference playoffs.
Although Scott has interviewed a second time for the vacancy, it does not necessarily mean that he will be the Lakers’ next head coach, as the team is still expected to conduct several other interviews. Los Angeles is also expected to hold off on naming a new head coach until the free agency period as they hope to use the opening as a bargaining chip to lure potential top free agents in LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony.
With that in mind, the Lakers will continue on their search for the team’s next head coach.
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