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Lakers Rumors: Byron Scott ‘Leading Candidate’ For Head Coaching Job Reviewed by Momizat on . [new_royalslider id="293"] With the NBA Draft quickly approaching on June 26, all the focus for the Los Angeles Lakers is whether they will keep the seventh pic [new_royalslider id="293"] With the NBA Draft quickly approaching on June 26, all the focus for the Los Angeles Lakers is whether they will keep the seventh pic Rating: 0
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Lakers Rumors: Byron Scott ‘Leading Candidate’ For Head Coaching Job

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With the NBA Draft quickly approaching on June 26, all the focus for the Los Angeles Lakers is whether they will keep the seventh pick. While the team is leaning toward keeping the pick, Los Angeles has been in numerous trade rumors over the past week as they are attempting to move Steve Nash’s contract.

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However, the Lakers remain without a head coach since Mike D’Antoni’s resignation, but Byron Scott has emerged as the leading candidate for the vacant position according to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne:

“While the Lakers remain focused on Thursday’s draft and the start of free agency July 1, sources tell ESPN.com that former star Byron Scott has emerged as the leading candidate for the head-coaching job after impressing in three interviews with the team.”

After the unsuccessful hires of Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni, the Lakers have taken their time interviewing numerous candidates in hopes of finding a head coach that will provide stability for the franchise. While general manager Mitch Kupchak ideally wanted to hire a coach before the NBA Draft, having free agents become part of the process by sharing their personal opinions is an intriguing one.

Since Monday, LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony have decided to opt out of their contracts and will become unrestricted free agents on July 1. While it remains to be seen if Los Angeles is a realistic destination for LeBron, the Lakers are expected to meet with Carmelo Anthony after free agency officially begins.
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  • dencio

    If B-Scott is the favorite then the LAKERS should hire him NOW. Stalling just leads to ideas of the Lakers holding out for someone better.

    • Jim213

      It looks like FO may wait and let one of the top FAs on the market have a say on who’d they want as coach now. Now likely until the last few days of July before a decision can be made.

      • dencio

        I would much rather get Lionel Hollins though.

        • Matt Williams

          Same here.

          • dencio

            WHAT?!? =p

  • David

    Byron Scott is a nice guy but an average coach; his special skills are relating to his players and he is an old school coach but I don’t think he is great with in-game and in between game adjustments. But I feel he fits in well with the Lakers because good or bad it will be a little longer than anyone thinks before this thing is gonna turn around and much longer to be in a contention for a championship.

  • Dana Runs

    This could have been a headline from a month ago.

  • BULL

    TO ALL MY LAKERS BROS AND SISTERS.. DO NOT COMPLAIN WHEN WE ARE STILL AT THE BOTTOM.. you ask for the man, you got him.. no more complaining about mitch, jim or how bad this organization is.. we got rid of Mike Asstoni and now we are getting the coach we ask for .. lets be patient and ride this ride out!

    • Matt Williams

      For the record, I didn’t ask for Scott. I’m a Lionel Hollins guy.

  • Marty Susman

    I have zero clue why they are waiting UNLESS they are just saving money…

  • Marty Susman

    They are saving maybe $250,000 a month without putting a coach on the books, Jimmy Buss is simply saving the bucks & Scott know’s it…

  • Andy L

    I now know why this is taking so long. It is so obvious! They are doing a reality show on the coaching search, hence the re-occurring interviews with the same guys, just to add tension. :-D (this could end like a greek tradegy…)

  • ja ja 24

    Give mitch some time. He is just making sure he can find the perfect coach.

    • Anthony Hollins

      Not sure it takes this long to figure it out. He already met with everyone, he knows what each brings to the table…. Just make a freaking decision

  • ASC

    pretty sure we all knew this

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