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BREAKING: Lakers Hire Byron Scott As New Head Coach

UPDATE (7:22 PM PST): According to Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, Lakers have officially signed new head coach Byron Scott and a press conference will be on Tuesday at 11 AM:

The Los Angeles Lakers took their time in their process of selecting a new head coach, interviewing a number of different candidates, all of whom brought something different to the table. In the end, the team decided on a familiar face to Lakers fans, hiring Byron Scott as the new head coach according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

Scott was one of the first people to be linked to this job when Mike D’Antoni resigned as coach in April, and was the only candidate to interview with the Lakers three times. He spent 11 seasons with the Lakers during his playing career and has experienced varying levels of success as a head coach.

According to Shelburne, Scott’s deal is for four years:

Scott’s deal with the Lakers also has a team option in the fourth year, according to Shelburne:

Scott led the then New Jersey Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003, and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 2008 as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. His most recent coaching stint was a failure, however, as he took the Cleveland Cavaliers job just days before Lebron James left for Miami.

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Nevertheless, Scott is known as a player’s coach, maintaining excellent relationships with his former players such as Chris Paul and Kyrie Irving, the latter being very hurt when Scott was fired in Cleveland.

Scott also has an excellent relationship with Kobe Bryant. The two talk relatively often, and his relationship with Bryant was one of the biggest things Scott had going in his favor. Kupchak had said that they wanted a coach who can get the most out of Kobe, Scott should be able to do so.

Scott will bring a much different approach than his predecessor, focusing on defense much more than D’Antoni. Overall, Scott has a career coaching record of 416-521, making four playoff appearances.
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  • Lakers4Life

    4 years 17 mil LOL…my god it’s just funny how crap of an owner Jimmy is. An overrated coach with no notable achievements except being an ex-Laker should have only been offered a 1-year deal…and instead they offer 4 lol.

    Much better than Dumbtoni at least…but wow, this is really close in a totally different way. Only time will tell whether we’ll be able to lure any star caliber players over the next 4 years with Scott as coach. Oh well.

    • Daniel

      Nobody would take a 1 year contract now a days, let alone with the Lakers have. And if you take it, they know you are just a loser trying to make some money to keep hanging in there.
      Would you take a 1 year coach job, in a club that is in the middle of redevelopment? no. Remember, none of these coaches are in financial difficulty. so why expose yourself to that?

  • Daniel

    Lakers are not tanking, their own players would not let them do that, the press, the fans and even Times Warner would not let that happen. They are just trying to gain some time, do a decent job, while they start developing young players, keep getting new drafts next year, and eventually convince 1-2 superstars to come play in LA. All that will be in place after Kobe contract is done.
    Even Kobe realized that now. He is being talking a lot more life after basketball than ever before, he just bought a new location to build the new HQ of his company, so he knows he is done, he is just playing his contract, I am sure to the best of his possibilities, and helping the Lakers to develop.

  • tony

    Wes Johnson didnt get a fair share under Dumbtoni, That idiot had him playing PF ,, Johnson natural position is SF

  • Mike B.

    What is the deal with the Lakers Org not confirming that they’ve hired Byron Scott?

  • Im at the moon

    Sources indicated earlier on in ESPN that Byron Scott did not get hired. Chris brossurd has said that Doc rivers is in negotations with the Miami heat so Lebron James can go back. The miami heat have also expressed interest in signing kobe bryant for a 107 millions dollar contract. lakers will trade nash and hill for wiggins.. idk im hella high lol

  • Tbrown

    Shannon Brown Metta World Peace Let Get The Band Back Together!!!!!!

    • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

      Why stop there? Go ahead and bring back Adam Morrison, Luke Walton, and DJ Mbenga, too…

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