Lakers Nation Interviews Byron Scott, Chat 18-Year Old Kobe

Lakers Nation Interviews Byron Scott, Chat 18-Year Old Kobe


The Los Angeles Lakers officially introduced Byron Scott as their new head coach on Tuesday morning with the help of Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. After quite a lengthy hiring process, Scott’s introduction, surrounded by Lakers greats, was well worth it.

Lakers Nation grabs Scott for an interview, who talks about what is was like to spend his last season as a player in the NBA (1996-97 season), mentoring an 18-year old Kobe Bryant.

“I remember Kobe and I sitting down talking and I said, ‘What is it that you want to do in this league?’ Scott told “And he looked me in the eyes and said ‘B, I want to be the best basketball player in the league,’ and I looked him back in the eye and said said you will be, I truly believe you will be.”

Plus, Scott talks what it was like coaching from a studio as a sports analyst for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable SportsNet versus having the opportunity to be on the sidelines. And, after weeks of waiting for the official news, what would Scott like to now tell Lakers fans? It’s all in our exclusive interview above.



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  • Jim213

    Mike Bresnahan (LA Times):

    Robert Horry, Mark Madsen, Paul Pressey, among Scott assistant coach candidates.

    • Allan

      What about Gary Payton?

      • richard

        What about him?

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      • Jim213

        Will also be considered given past rumors/reports IMO.

        • Allan

          Yea i hope Gary Payton gets hired as the Lakers assistant coach so he can groom and coach all the point guards in the future like Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin.Plus he would coach up the Lakers defense and also help Byron out with scouting reports.

    • Willie Mays Hayes

      That’s the downside to them taking so long. Most of the top assistants have already joined other staffs.

    • Zimmeredge

      If we have Gary payton, mad mark and of course coach B we are set on d. But now we need an offensive minded assistant.

      • Josh

        Kobe will be used in that role even though he cannot officially be a coach.

        • Zimmeredge

          with Steve Nash we have great offensive mind.

  • Andy L

    Big Shot Rob! I have no idea what his coaching skills are but damn was he a good player.

    • Willie Mays Hayes

      +1 for not calling him “Bob”.

      • Andy L

        Yeah I know. Sounds too corny for me.

  • nash screwed the lakers

    fuck steve nash

    • Andy L

      Ha ha. Never out of topic!

    • Judo Mma

      Bro we get it! We understand that you hate Nash. You keep typing same trash over & over…

      Seems to me you got mental issues.

    • Truth in Redemption

      Yeah Nash is a jerk and said

      “haha I’m going to get injury on purpose and screw myself for the rest of my career to distrory the Lakers muahahaha”

  • gerry

    hurray for serena!

  • Guest

    hiring Scott may have been just a nostalgic, feel-good move, I do think
    this job is personal for Scott. And I’m hoping that this intangible
    factor will cause Scott to coach better than he’s ever coached before. I
    have no doubt he’ll work as hard as he can to keep his dream job.

    a Lin fan, it’s refreshing to hear from a coach who actually
    understands Lin’s game (I wrote about this in my blog). From what Scott said in his press conference it
    appears Byron Scott has a much better understanding of Lin’s game,
    coaching against Lin during the handful of times he faced up against Lin
    than McHale does “coaching” Lin for two seasons! Scott even recognizes
    Lin’s defensive efforts, which shows me that Scott is very perceptive.
    Most still buy into the myth that Lin is a “defensive liability” due to
    their own blind biases. Good to see that Scott is smarter than this. So
    far, there’s a lot to like in Byron Scott’s press conference as a Lin
    fan and Lakers fan.

    • xiqi

      lin is good——a chinese kobe fan

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Byron Scott remembers Kobe very well from those old days.Now is the present and the Lakers have a bright young star rookie Julius Randle and also we have another terrific rookie Jordan Clarkson.Byron helped out Kobe back in the day i am sure Byron can help out Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.Actually Clarkson is a very good guard and he is based off his summer league the top pg from the draft as a scorer and his physical build with length and speed is off the charts for a pg.Great shooter he looked smooth.Julius is for real and a great talent that will be a amazing NBA player.Byron will mentor them.