The Los Angeles Lakers and Byron Scott are in negotiations that would make the former Showtime great and Los Angeles product the team’s next head coach, according to Chris Broussard of ESPN.com.
The two sides are currently in negotiations and a deal is likely imminent. The Lakers have been without a head coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned shortly after the season’s end. Since then, they’ve made a number of moves to change the landscape of the roster including the additions of Jeremy Lin, Ed Davis and Carlos Boozer.
The 53-year-old brings 13 years of NBA head coaching experience in which he led the New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances as Eastern Conference champions where they lost to the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs. He moved on to coach the New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers and amassed a .444 win percentage over that period.
As a player, Scott was a three-time champion with the Lakers and spent 11 seasons in the purple and gold. He averaged 14.1 points and 2.8 assists per game over the course of his carer.
Because of his extensive experience, Scott will likely be well-received by Kobe Bryant, who made it clear his former mentor was at the top of his list:
Asked if he wants Byron Scott to be the Lakers coach Kobe says “yep”
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 9, 2014
Despite the buy-in from Los Angeles’ biggest star in any sport, Scott still has the difficult task of building a contender in a difficult Western Conference. After losing Pau Gasol and striking out on marquee free agent Carmelo Anthony, the Lakers have plenty of hurdles to overcome moving forward.
The plan is long-term, but Scott is the type of experienced, home-grown coach who can bring some stability to a turbulent recent past.
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