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Flashback Friday: Byron Scott Talks Mentoring, Playing With Kobe Bryant Reviewed by Momizat on . http://youtu.be/YMFdVbuIWHw At this point in time, the consensus seems to be that Byron Scott will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Scot http://youtu.be/YMFdVbuIWHw At this point in time, the consensus seems to be that Byron Scott will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Scot Rating: 0
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Flashback Friday: Byron Scott Talks Mentoring, Playing With Kobe Bryant

At this point in time, the consensus seems to be that Byron Scott will be the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. If the Scott does end up being Mike D’Antoni’s successor, he’ll be the first coach of the team that has actually played with Kobe Bryant.

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In the video above, Scott talks about playing with Kobe during the 1996-97 NBA season and how he knew the rookie was going to be something special. Scott mentions Kobe shooting around at the Great Western Forum with the lights off and being impressed by his drive to improve at such an early age.

Kobe and Scott played together in Los Angeles at completely different stages in their careers. Scott, 35 at the time, was on entering into his final year in the NBA returning to Los Angeles after short stints with the Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. An 18-year-old Kobe was a confident and somewhat cocky rookie that was handpicked by Jerry West through a trade with the Charlotte Hornets during the 1996 NBA draft.

Scott was literally double Kobe’s age and considered the “elder statesman,” as he put it, but the two created a bond continues to go strong to this day. Kobe and Scott have talked quite a bit lately about all things basketball and even though he hasn’t said it, the five-time NBA champion wanting Scott as the next head coach might be a safe assumption.

(H/T L.A. Times)
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  • Kobe Will Get 6

    I just hope Kobe can get 1 more before he goes. He truly works harder and wants it more than ANY player in this league. Plus, I’m getting tired of hearing LeFlop is this, LeChoke is that, and the greatness of LeBrick

    • VillainKing

      Yeah hope Kobe will get his 6th ring…

  • Darnell

    Well Byron Scott is not the man for the job.Lionel Hollins is and that is the fastest way for the Lakers to get out of the struggle with being a doormat loser.Now here is some stuff that we should know about Lionel he shares the same agent as Mike D’Antoni that means negotiations will be familiar for both sides.
    Warren LeGarie agent for D’Antoni and to Lionel Hollins.Lakers need to get Lionel Hollins.

    • Eighti Six

      ill take hollins over scott too, if scott was coach of memphis in 12-13 i doubt he could take that team to the confrence finals, his best years as coach was in nj i remember we swept they ass in the fnals of 02

      • Lakers Fan

        The Lakers would be making a huge mistake if they hire Scott over Hollins. I hate watching the playoffs and not seeing the Lakers play. I have no doubt in my mind Hollins will get the Lakers back into playoff contention. Meanwhile, we have to watch LeBron go to his 4th consecutive NBA Finals.

        • keenanjen

          All you guys are crazy. What has Hollins done? Scott has been to the finals twice, built the New Orleans team into a contender despite them having that catastrophe with Hurricane Katrina, and having to move back and forth to OKC and New Orleans. The Cleveland job, no one can seriously say that any coach could have gotten them to the playoffs after Bron left. That job is what dropped Scotts win lost record under 500. I’ll take Scott a man who knows what it means to play for the Lakers organization, and will hold his players accountable. Stop just looking at the record, and look at what the coach has done.

          • LAstory

            Bro, you cant tell these so-called Laker fans anything… they live in a microwave culture. They heard of Lionel Hollins on espn hell maybe even googled him… and think that he is the guy for the job, yet they don’t know a damn thing about him, is style or coaching philosophy… your post is 100% dead on..

          • keenanjen

            I thank God almighty that fans can’t be GMs of this organization lol.

          • LAstory

            amen…

    • LAstory

      Hollins, never been to the finals.

  • Guest

    Byron Scott if you liked to change the games of Kobe? We don’t need you to be the coach of the Lakers.think about that.. Kobe is become a star because of his game.

  • Gemini Ac

    Byron Scott if you liked to change the games of kobe we are not happy if you gonna be the coach of Lakers.Kobe is become a star because of his games that’s why no need to change his games..he is the best.

    • keenanjen

      Kobe is 36, anybody in their right minds knows that Kobe has to change his game. Two major injuries proves that.

      • Gemini Ac

        Why Byron Scott did not mentioned the injury of kobe before he’s tell of change the games of kobe.if he explained that very clearly and many fans of kobe will understand that.

        • keenanjen

          He doesn’t have to explain that to us, Kobe and Byron talk all time, so that’s the person he will explain it too

          • Gemini Ac

            Ok..but i think the Lakers needs also Jeff Van Gundy for strong coaching job..Jeff and Byron together in the lakers coaching job.

          • keenanjen

            Would never work. Both are head coaches neither are assistance. Now if it could I would have no problem.

          • Gemini Ac

            Anyone of them is a candidates for the head coach.and one of them must accept the assistant coaching jobs depend on the salary offer.

  • Athens Petersen

    Coach Of The Lakers: Mark Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy

    Kyrie Irving

    Jordan Farmar

    Kobe Bryant

    lance Stephenson

    Jodie Meeks

    Xavier Henry

    Carmelo Anthony

    Nick young

    Jordan Hill

    Josh Mcroberts or Ryan Kelly

    Spencer Hawes

    Pau Gasol

    Robert Sacre

    This is based on what I think the lakers should do and might be limited
    to. Also Based on trading the 7th pick for kyrie Irving and pulling off
    getting melo with a pay cut. Giving out mostly pay cuts like what the
    Miami Heat did with their whole team. This should work if management
    wants to win now and the players want to win it all. Mitch will need to
    be a lil lucky and super to pull this off,.

    • Gemini Ac

      I approve the coaches you choose..but for the player we need only the draft..our player in 2013 season is good only the coach is not good.

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