Kobe Bryant Says Byron Scott Is Someone He’d Like To See Coach...

Kobe Bryant Says Byron Scott Is Someone He’d Like To See Coach The Lakers


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With the free agency decisions of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James still uncertain, the Los Angeles Lakers have held off their coaching search in an effort to make Los Angeles a more appealing destination.

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On Wednesday, Kobe Bryant spoke to the media for the first time in quite awhile. Kobe was in Santa Barbara for his annual basketball camp and took many different questions including whether he’d like Byron Scott to be the next Lakers head coach.

Kobe didn’t hesitate to say the following about his former teammate being his next coach via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

The veteran guard also talked about when Scott was his mentor during his rookie year in Los Angeles back during the 1996-97 NBA season via Winters:

With Carmelo and LeBron likely to make their decisions in free agency within the next 24 hours or so, the Lakers brass could also hire their next coach in the very near future. Obviously, Kobe is all-in on the prospect of hiring Scott, but it remains to be seen if that is the direction the team goes in moving forward.

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Another candidate the Lakers could consider for their coaching vacancy is Mike Dunleavy. Lionel Hollins and Kurt Rambis were also getting a lot of consideration in Los Angeles, but both have since taken coaching positions elsewhere.
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  • Jim213

    FO should’ve hired a coach by now. But Scott will help to solidify defense to the roster.

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  • independentbynature

    Can we finally hire Byron now and quit waiting for some FA to tell us who he wants as coach?Enough of all this groveling already.It’s pathetic.

    • Sylvia Ross

      I agree.

      • independentbynature

        Hi Sylvia,Good to see you again.We’re still here pulling for Byron.He’s the last man(coach) standing.So,hopefully,Jimmy won’t mess this up.

    • 3339

      excellent point. Its very weird how the front office wants free agents to choose a coach but they said they wouldn’t listen to the man that won 5 rings for us and could very well be the best Laker ever.
      so disrespectful

      • independentbynature

        That is the rumor.Either way,it doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in their leadership.Kobe wants Byron.Hire him already and lets get moving on.We need more than half a roster.

      • DKWTTY

        That’s because we’re desperate at this point lol. Kobe isn’t going anywhere but it was still disrespectful for them to say that.

    • I hate tanking

      The man is a good coach and if needed he can be the perfect Lakers Tank Commander he is great for whatever you need.If you got top flight talent he will get you to the finals and a possible championship.If you need a 26 game losing streak with a scrub team he is man enough to come into work and keep it professional while the team keeps losing dur to inferior talent,he won’t pull a Mike D’Antoni and try winning meaningless games when the tank was ordered by the FO.A perfect coach for the Lakers.

  • meep

    lakers need to hire a coach already that more annoying then waiting for free agents.

  • Badazztj12

    At least we have two future pg’s he could develop

  • Lakers Fan

    Would rather have Hollins, but I’ll roll with Byron. Still don’t know why Mark Jackson wasn’t given an interview.

    • independentbynature

      Probably because Jackson has an ego as big as a house.He sure didn’t get a recommendation from Jerry West.And Hollins is long gone.Byron will do a great job of bringing back the D.

      • Lakers Fan

        Well let’s hope the coach you’ve been pulling for can do just that.

        • independentbynature

          Lets hope the FO gives him a roster with some players on it.He’s too old to suit up in a #4 jersey again….LOL.

          • Lakers Fan

            Lol we sure ass hell don’t need that. If the Lakers continue this waiting game, he might end up without a good roster. I’m seriously hoping Melo chooses us, because otherwise all this waiting(for a coach and roster) would have been for nothing.

          • independentbynature

            I’ve said from the beginning that he’s staying in NY.I just don’t see him coming here with our barren roster.I’d like to be wrong.But,I know I’m not.


    Of course he would, that’s his buddy but we need someone who is best for the job and not just someone who has Lakers ties.

    • spitfire

      GTFO! who the f they gonna hire fool.

      • Ronolfo

        Plus, Scott PREANCH defense…..

      • DKWTTY

        There’s Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, and there were plenty of others before the Lakers dragged their feet but that wasn’t my point DUMBASS. Kobe’s only endorsing him because they are friends so this article is useless, of course he wouldn’t mind him as the coach. Why would you hire someone SOLELY because you are friends with them? Learn how to read.

        • lakeshow

          Also George Karl.

      • lakeshow

        You act as if he is the last coach on earth stop being a delusional Lakers homer. There are other options.

    • Lakers Fan

      Shhhh!! Don’t say that. The fans who’ve wanted Scott will get offended. Just root for Scott and hope he can right this ship.

      • DKWTTY

        lol Fuck them. I don’t care. These dummies want to hire any and everyone who has any sort of relation to the Lakers. I’m going to apply for GM as a Lakers fan. Hopefully they endorse me too.

        • Lakers Fan

          Lmao!! That’s funny dude. You know I’ve been one of the fans that has wanted Hollins from the get-go. It just seemed as if they wanted Byron all along. Maybe Hollins said something that rubbed them the wrong way. I don’t know. All I know is Scott is clearly going to be the HC next season and all we can do now is support him and hope he rights this ship. If the FO wants to base hirings off of personal relationships, then so be it. All I want is a coach who can preach defense, gain the respect of his team, and help us win. If they feel Scott is that guy, then oh well. If Scott fails as the HC and Hollins succeeds, then we will know we was right all along.

          • DKWTTY

            They definitely wanted him all along. I don’t know what he did but apparently Hollins is hard headed and likes to have total control or something but I hear Scott is the same way. What they don’t realize is Jim Buss has zero justification for why he does things–it could as simple as he just doesn’t like a person. They should read the article Evan posted about how incompetent Jim Buss is before trying to jump down my throat. It’s the same reason we didn’t get Phil back. As a fan though I will support whoever they choose which is clearly going to be Byron Scott. I just hope that he does a good job and they just announce it already.

          • independentbynature

            The rumor is that Hollins wanted too much money.I have no idea if that’s true.I prefer Scott.But Hollins is a good coach.He’ll do well with the Nyets.He’s way better than Jason “coach/GM killer” Kidd.

  • Al Haldie

    Who ever it is lets get things going – every team has a big start on us – how many new players have we signed ZERO — we are not getting MELO , so lets get going

  • Truth B Told

    The Majority of Lakers fans wanted Scott from the start…….Also wanted Phil from the start…..This time give the Fans what they want…….The coach should at least have some input on the make up of the roster.Melo is not coming to LA….Everyone else is making their roster moves…..Lakers being left out in the cold…..Sleeping on the job.

    • independentbynature

      The truth,the whole truth and nuthin’ but the truth…LOL.

  • Spade

    It’s not like we have much of a choice anymore. Scott is practically the only option left.

    • independentbynature

      We’re the snooze and lose Lakers now.LOL.

  • Badazztj12

    We just got to get Lance by morning. He just wants a couple of more mill. I wouldn’t blame him the way these FA’s getting paid

  • Bruce

    I wanted Lionel Hollins, but too bad he went to Brooklyn. Scott is nice, but I would like to see Jeff Van Gundy or George Karl take the helm.

  • truth24

    Byron Scott is the only coach left and lakers take forever to sign him. He will be fired after 2 seasons

  • Lakers4Life

    No need to hire Byron who is just an ex-Laker — unfortunately he doesn’t have enough of a good track record to take us to the top. We need a coach who can help us win now — but that will only happen once we sign LeBron/Melo.
    Let’s continue to cross our fingers for this to happen folks!

    • independentbynature

      Not gonna happen……

  • kliff richard

    the perfect fit for LA Lakers next head coach

  • roseducanna

    If MELO sign with LAKERS ,you have a secrete coach. But not a coach is SCOTT.