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Lakers Rumors: Hiring Byron Scott Could Appeal To Kyrie Irving

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The Los Angeles Lakers are currently in flux. They have an aging superstar in Kobe Bryant and a coach who many hope will be dismissed in Mike D’Antoni. Many believe that the Lakers should move on from D’Antoni and completely rebuild starting with the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft.

Should the franchise choose to dismiss D’Antoni, former Laker Byron Scott is considered by many to be the front runner for the job. Scott, another former coach of the year, played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and also coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, the Lakers are supposedly interested in Scott because of his relationship with All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving:

“At least one LA source believes that’s the direction (the Lakers) could go, primarily because of Scott’s relationship with Kyrie Irving,” Bucher said in the video.

According to Bucher, Scott and Irving “still text on a regular basis, and the relationship is very good.”

Irving is set to be eligible for a max extension this coming July, but there have been rumors that the two-time All Star is uneasy in Cleveland. The Cavs have yet to make the playoffs in Irving’s three years in the league and reportedly does not get along with Dion Waiters, adding to the speculation that the former rookie of the year will bolt in free agency.

Furthermore, if Irving chooses to decline signing an extension this summer, the Cavs are apparently willing to trade the promising young guard. According to Bucher, if Scott was coaching the Lakers, then Irving would find Los Angeles very appealing:

Irving has said he would like to stay in Cleveland, “but the fact of the matter is with Scott in LA with the Lakers, that could be very appealing, and that would bring in a great building block for the Lakers moving forward,” Bucher said of Irving.

After failing to find a superstar for Kobe Bryant to pass along the torch to, Irving would definitely fit that role. At the young age of 22, Irving will be a nice building block for the Lakers and will have the chance to learn from one of the league’s legends before taking over for the purple and gold.

The Lakers have a lot of decisions to make including whether or not they will retain D’Antoni. If Irving is interested in joining the Lakers because of Scott, the team must take that into account moving forward. Superstar players only come along so often, and the Lakers cannot afford to miss out on another one.

(H/T Fox Sports Ohio)
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  • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

    I would trade The Pick& An Asset For Irving

    • LegendInMyMind

      “An asset”, lol… What asset?

      • BULL

        Haha aye man

      • http://WWW.LakersNation.com Kïd Špłãšh

        One Of The AssetsThey Will Get In Free Agency Duhh!!’ Resign Meeks&We Trade Them For All I Care

        • LegendInMyMind

          That’s unrealistic fan jibberish. And it’s not a smart trade.

    • Jim213

      Magic Johnson and his partners want to purchase the Clippers

      Not cool for many of the masses given Magic’s affiliation to the brand. But expected as Magic and his partners have shown interest in purchasing the Lakers if 4 Buss family members agree to sell the team down the line.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Bro it is cool if Magic Johnson buys the Clippers at least he gets the team out of the hands of Donald Sterling.Their no place and i mean no place for the stuff Sterling is saying and doing.Also the Lakers banners won’t be covered up anymore and Clippers balloon’s won’t be on Lakers Legends statues and it will make it much easier to root for the team for many LA folks.I would still be a Lakers fan but that doesn’t mean i would hate the Clippers with Magic as owner.I would probably like to see them play IDK.

        • trouble562

          U dudes r stupid he should try buyng tha lakers a team were he playd for but instead tha clippers, wat there going thru its not koo but thats there problem they were talkng shit about tha lakers n how they were the L.A team they even cover our baners so fuk tha clippers

          • LakersHeatBeef

            As long as Donald Sterling is out of the NBA i don’t give a fuck who coaches the team.That’s real talk,shit.GTFO Racist fuck Donald Sterling stupid ass bitch.

          • LegendInMyMind

            Why was he set to receive an NAACP lifetime achievement award? Do they just give those things away?

            Also, what’s more important to you? What a person says in the privacy of their own home, or what they do for their community? Who gives a shit what Donald Sterling said while he was being secretly recorded, everyone has a right to their opinion and personal beliefs. When he starts actually using his position as team owner to discriminate, THAT’S when there’s problems. But so far, regarding the Clippers, I see no negative racist impact.

            The thing that bothers black people about it is the same thing that has ALWAYS bothered them, and that’s their own insecurities regarding their social standing. It’s why white people don’t really give a shit when we’re discriminated against. We don’t victimize ourselves. Grow the fuck up.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            The slave master mentality is the problem with his role with the Clippers. Just like a slave master bought slaves and profited from their labor, Sterling seems to have the mindset that he is paying black athletes and profiting off of them. Get him out!

          • LegendInMyMind

            Well the NBA has something slaves didn’t, a shared revenue. I’m sorry, but just because a black dude is employed by a white racist, he isn’t a slave. There are no slaves in the US. Only slaves to their own stupidity.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I didn’t say they are slaves. Sterling seems to view them as slaves. He even told his girlfriend something like, “I give them food, I give them clothes, I give them houses…”

          • LakersHeatBeef

            I don’t give a fuck who owns the Clippers tbh.Fuck Sterling and the Clippers.Lakers all day.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Right. And Michael Jordan should have bought the Bulls.

          • VTec

            He did express interest in buying the Lakers. The Buss family still has to agree…which they didn’t….

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Was that before or after he sold his share of the team?

        • Jim213

          Not saying it’s a bad thing (business) just that it may upset some Laker fans foremost. Agree, Sterling has to go but it may be difficult from a legal stand point. However, A Silver has to do what’s best for the league and the franchise (being dismissing Sterling indefinitely).

          The problem is if Silver’s unable to kick him out b/c the NBAPA won’t accept anything less than Sterling not having any say as an owner. At best he’d likely renounce his powers as an owner and pass it on to his family tho that won’t be enough for the players who’ll (some) likely request to be traded IMO.

      • LakersHeatBeef

        Ramona Shelburne ‏@ramonashelburne 53m

        Sorry to ruin a beautiful idea, but source close to Magic says “zero, zero, zero conversations” about buying the Clips.

        Ramona Shelburne ‏@ramonashelburne 53m

        Magic has said publicly he’d want to buy an NBA or NFL team, but Clippers aren’t for sale and it’s very hard for NBA to force a sale

    • LakersHeatBeef

      Kobe Bryant ‏@kobebryant 1h

      No. He should not continue owning the clippers. #nochance #noway #nohow

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      Kobe Bryant ‏@kobebryant 1h

      In times like this is where we need to appreciate the Buss family!! #DrB #Jeanie #Jimmy #thankyou #LakerNation

      Now that’s real talk by OG Kobe he knows what’s up.#BestLakerEverKobe

      • Chrmngblly

        Bullshit. So when the smoke clears, we have a pothead running our team and the Clippers have Magic Johnson? We need those idot Buss kids to get smart and let Magic’s group buy into the Lakers instead. Then who is the face of the franchise? Jimmy Buss? Jeanie Buss? Buss kids, this is weak.

        You have to be a marketing genius not to see that all the Iconic faces of Laker greatness disbursing themselves throughout the NBA like Phil and now Magic is doing is terrible for the Lakers’ brand and mystique. Is giving yourselves jobs this important? We have no charismatic figures left in the Laker world, sorry Byron. We get the freaking punk Buss kids. Magic is another one that’s going to be great and totally overshadow Jimmy, just like Phil. Jim Buss is not of sufficient stature to be “the Man” of the Lakers. God save us from the spoiled Buss kids. F*ck you Jeanie Buss. Thanks loads.

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Is the Lakers brand suffering because Pat Riley took over the Knicks? Or because Jerry West went to Memphis? Or because KAJ worked for the Clippers? Or because B Scott coached the Nets? Or because Clark Kent coached the Wolves?

          The Lakers are bigger than all those people. And they’re bigger than Phil and Magic, too.

          • Chrmngblly

            Josh, you missed the point as usual. Nobody cared while we had the great Dr. Buss manning the FO. The point is that the cupboard is pretty bare in Lakerland right now. The Lakers have never NOT had an iconic leader running the show, you know? Jimmy is not Jerry by such a country mile. He is lower level by comparison.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Nobody cared about Pat Riley, but the Knicks (and Heat) gave him control of their franchises. Nobody cared about Jerry West, yet he is the NBA logo. Nobody cared about Kareem, but he won a thousand MVPs, scored a billion points, and had the greatest farewell tour any athlete had ever seen.

            I still have faith that Jim and Jeanie (with Mitch) can continue the great legacy of all the executives and Laker icons who came before them. The worst regular season in LA Lakers history won’t make me doubt them as they had to completely retool the team to operate under the rules of a new CBA that was designed to impair the Lakers. If another equally awful season follows–even if injuries are the reason–I may be with you, but I am not ready to jump ship yet.

          • Chrmngblly

            You don’t have to be “with me” to just see the facts. Poor Jimmy is not someone who has that job for any reason other than being born under Jerry Buss’ roof. Everyone in the NBA already knows who he is—and they are not impressed either—which is why Magic said the things he did and Shaq said the things he did. JB is not “the Man” that his father was.

            As long as only family members can hold the top jobs, the Lakers will always be a mediocre team. I wish JB had got more of the right genes from his father or less of the wrong genes from his mother, but he didn’t. Maybe he will have the balls to go get Doc Rivers and give Doc co-control with Mitch, now that MDA is gone.

            Thank God MDA is gone.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            I hope the MDA move was a planned move with a plan for moving forward and not just throwing another coach out there with a bum roster and hoping for the best.

            JB might not be “the Man,” whatever that is, but he has done nothing in my mind to warrant removing himself from personnel decisions so far.

            Please stay away from Doc Rivers. I can only take so many former Celtics in the Lakers organization, and I certainly don’t want a coach who disrespected the organization so blatantly by covering 16 banners and several retired jerseys with pictures of Blake Griffin and company.

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    Ha I had a feeling that the Lakers keeping d’antoni was overblown, they still haven’t made a decision yet and the FO has yet to make an announcement. I like the idea of the Byron Scott hiring, he is a true Laker and he is a defensive minded coach that will intrigue a lot of free agents. I say they should get him because that would be the best news of the offseason that D’antoni has been fired

    • Jim213

      This was brought up last week. However, depending on how this situation develops Scott may be possible in 2015. However, I’d still try bringing in the future long term coach and hire B Scott as part of the coaching staff.

      • SmoothOperator

        I am cool with hiring him as apart of the staff, just not the main guy. I just feel like there are better candidates out there such as Quinn Snyder, or Lionell Hollins that would be a good fit for this team

        • Jay Brodes

          quinn synder?? as the head coach..sure just not for the lakers..if we hire anyone since bshaw is in denver and his name is not byron i would go nate mcmillan in a heartbeat!!!

          • BULL

            Hell yes but I like hollins

        • nlruizjr

          neither of those 2 have a resume equal to or better than B.Scott !!!!!

      • Chrmngblly

        Why would Scot do that even if the Lakers would?

        • Jim213

          IMO, if he’s trying to get back to coaching than Byron should considered it. Better to keep working on one’s talents than by from afar somewhat tho this cna help the Lakers land Irving too.

    • ra

      OK, now’s the chance. Let’s get Doc Rivers. He can easily get out of his current contract, and now there’s no ‘Celtic pride’ to stop him from going to the Lakers.

      Even though I am a dedicated Lakers fan, and with that goes being ‘against anything of the Boston Celtics’, I always liked Doc Rivers. He was an excellent competitive coach, who played hard when the Celtics were fighting the Lakers for the Championship. He didn’t cheat (even though his players did). He was always on the up and up, and I don’t believe he ever put down the Lakers. He respected them.

      I can see him coaching the Lakers (in the future) for another few years. This is a perfect opportunity to get him. He is a ‘Championship’ coach, and #1 on my list of desired coaches for the Lakers.

      Go get him, Mitch! Jimmy! Jeanie! (if not this upcoming year, the year after).

      • Josh

        Respected them? It was his idea to cover the Lakers banners and retired jerseys at Staples. No to Doc!

    • Chrmngblly

      Well, good news: MDA has “resigned”—not re-signed. Now you can be disappointed when they fail to hire Scott and grab Lionell Hollins or Doc Rivers.

  • SmoothOperator

    This will not happen. First, Byron Scott is no better at coaching than D’Antoni. Second, Kyrie will be a restricted FA. The Cavs have the right to match, and they will match any contract given to Kyrie. We all just have to be patient, this is not going to be fixed in one or two seasons.

    • Lakers Rebulding

      Who would you rather have thought Scott or D’antoni? Scott by far he is a Laker at heart and he was just on a bad team at the time with the Cavaliers. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that Scott will be any better with the Lakers next season if he is hired and will win COTY but it would be good just to have a fresh start with a better coach and actually bring in Centers instead of that small ball garbage.

      • SmoothOperator

        Kurt Rambis is a “Laker at heart” and he comes from that Phil Jackson coaching tree and no one is calling for him. Also, Scott was fired from New Orleans. He is an ok coach, not really an x and o’s guy. He is basically Mike Brown, but with Lakers ties. You should not want a coach just because he is a Laker at heart. D’Antoni is a better coach than Scott no question about it.

        • BULL

          You have a point … But rambis is not calling no plays he’s just there astoni listen to one person himself

        • Lakers Rebuilding

          Yes I see what you mean by that but I don’t think it can get any worse with Byron coaching do you? Hell the Lakers just had their worst season in franchise history and they are looking to get better this offseason and if they bring Scott in there’s no way their gonna have another season like that! They will be getting Kobe back and have their draft pick and a somewhat healthy Nash and possible Gasol return so I say they will be better and have a legit shot to make the playoffs with Scott as their coach

          • SmoothOperator

            Even if the Lakers had Phil, he couldnt survive the injuries sustained by this team. So if Scott comes in and Kobe goes down, then its back to square one again. I say just ride with this man one more year. He is an offensive genius no question about it. After this season, we can wash it clean, go after K Love, with a new coach, and a new direction.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            So who do you think the Lakers are going to be able to sign this offseason with D’antoni? Just a bunch of older players and young unproven guys and it will be de javu all over again from last season. The only exciting thing about next season will be watching Kobe coming back to form despite any injuries that could happen. But if we bring Scott in (or anyone else for that matter) the Lakers will at least be respectable again. Plus I don’t think there will be a ton of injuries next season anyway, this season was just one of those seasons.

          • SmoothOperator

            Respectable in your eyes I guess, but to me its going to be the same. If you can give me a better name than Scott, I am all for that, but Scott was and is a mediocre coach and the lakers last 2 coaches have been mediocre. The franchise needs to have a coach who they could grow with.

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            Too bad it can’t be a college coach like Coach K or Callipari, that would be exciting

          • BULL

            Coach kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk man now dreaming

          • Tyrone Von Gilyard

            The reason why our team suffered injuries was because d’antoni and our old legs having to run up and down the court. D’antoni likes to shoo in the first 12-14 seconds of the shot clock. Kobe and gasol and the rest of our team for that matter are used to slow ball play from the post smat shots not just run and gun. Phil wouldnt have ran young players or our vets into the ground like d’antoni did. He couldnt make dh and gasol a threat because he wouldnt utilise them.

          • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

            Jordan Farmar, 27, missed 41 games
            Xavier Henry, 23, missed 39 games
            Nick Young, 28, missed 18 games
            Jordan Hill, 26, missed 10 games

            Those are “old legs” missing getting injured because of a fast-paced system that gives a team 3-4 extra possessions per game?

          • nlruizjr

            27 wins is no offensive genius besides you can’t win without defense, where’s MD’s titles, infact M.Brown had a better record with the Lakers than MD !!!!!

          • comrade24

            regardless of who the coach is, next year will better than last

          • LakersHeatBeef

            Yeah man coaching is somewhat overrated it usually always depends on the roster in place to determine how many wins and losses a respective team might have.Put it this way if the Lakers had LeBron,Wade,Bosh,Ray Ray,Birdman with Chalmers,Cole,Battier they would do pretty damn good even with Mike D’Antoni at the helm coaching IMO.#Need Talent

          • Chrmngblly

            The same could be said of Lionell Hollins or Doc Rivers.

        • New power house

          Rambis failed as a coach. Byron took a lame nets team twice to the finals and when he got fired from NO he lost three mayor player that year. He put them on the map until those guys got hurt. The Cavs,well he did not have enough talent and he made a decent job. Brown went back and he,with better talent has done squad!

          • SmoothOperator

            You are so right! I really forgot about him coaching the Nets. Jason Kidd was really great back then. He works well with PG’s. With that said, D’Antoni had some success with Phoenix and some will argue that he was robbed of a trip to the finals due to them suspending half of the team against the Spurs. His previous two stops are not great and the same could be said about Scott. Mike Brown made it to the finals, but I think that really had to do with that certain guy who I hope signs with the Lakers next season……. Anderson Varejao

          • hookedonnews

            They say Jason Kidd got him fired in NJ. He’s been fired from every job he’s had.

        • nlruizjr

          and your basing your opinion on what !!!!!!

        • http://www.foxhilldesign.com Josh

          Byron Scott is basically Mike Brown. Mike Brown rode the coattail of Lebron to the NBA Finals (once, and got swept). Byron Scott mentored Kobe Bryant and Chris Paul, and COACHED the Nets to back-to-back Finals appearances.

      • comrade24

        “small ball garbage”? The current NBA champions for the past two years play “small ball garbage” Chris Bosh at center? not exactly Patrick Ewing or even Dwight Coward for that matter. The game has changed.

        • LakersHeatBeef

          LOL yes small ball but also keep in mind they have the best player on the planet LeBron James and they always had a healthy Dwayne Wade in the Playoffs when it counted most and also Birdman,Udonis Haslem and Chris Bosh are very underrated big men.Yeah they also play top elite defense that can’t be overlooked.

          They have the 4 time MVP and Dwayne Wade with Chris Bosh and Ray Allen with a very motivated defensive force like The Birdman yeah they are looking good once again.Defense is the key to winning championships.

        • L.A BU11Y

          no such thing as small ball.. bird man is not small , bosh as pf is not small, not to mention you have the best wing defenders in james and wade.. birdman and bosh are 7 feet so where is the small ball in that.. the Lakers actually played small ball at times when Wesley was put at the 4.. that’s 6-7 defending Aldridge, Griffin, Lee, and Jones.. not fair.. too small.. basketball was meant for men with height.. just me but Lakers are known for their Center! big man! EMBIID!!!

          • comrade24

            Chris Bosh starts at center and Lebron starts at 4. at times Battier starts at 4. Their offense is a lot more D’Antoni like the big difference is they have great defenders and the lakers don’t.

          • Josh

            The Heat usually play Lebron at the 4. Somehow, the Lakers running a 7′ center and 6’7″ PF is small ball, but the Heat running a 6’10″ center and 6’8″ PF isn’t?

    • BULL

      True I agree be patient but with the problems Irving n Waiters are having if Irving make it clear he want out I see them trading to us for our top 6 pick that’s the only way it will happen anyway if not we can pick up Marcus smart ….big pg …. Embiid n exum will b gone by the time we get our pick

      • SmoothOperator

        If the Cavs are crazy enough to accept a trade of the number 6 pick from the Lakers, I would be happy, but considering that there are other teams out there with better assets than the Lakers, then we will probably not see this happen. I say that, but I remember that we got Pau for Kwame Brown, a murderer, and a solid big man that took some time to develop, after the Lakers won 2 championships.

        • BULL

          Crazy for 6 pick??? They are in east with heat n pacers and you have a star pg that do not want to b there you mean to tell me you wouldn’t take trade n get MARCUS SMART

          • SmoothOperator

            If Marcus Smart is as good as you think then he wouldnt be available at 6. Smart is ok, but when you are talking in the terms of Kyrie Irving, thats a whole different level. If Smart is that good then why trade the pick at all? In your eyes, the Lakers should pick Smart.

          • BULL

            I would I’m hoping Lakers get smart try and lure Deng here re sign gasol Kelly hill Wesley young farmar … you would to have , smart , Kobe, Deng, Kelly n gasol, with famar young Wesley hill n sacre on the bench that’s good enough make playoffs but we talking bout college vs pro always go pro and he’s 22 cmon man its Irving plus his relationship w love just makes sence

          • BULL

            And who I want the Lakers to get is either embiid or exum they will be gone when we hit the board

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            Ya never know…..it’s the lottery man

          • BULL

            True but there saying its nearly impossible for Lakers to get first or second n have no chance with fourth n fifth so more likely we staying put at sixth

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            But no team with the worst record has won the lottery since the Clippers or Cavaliers or whoever it was and that was a while ago. But even if they cant get exum or embiid or anyone else I say they either get smart or Gordon two young potential all star franchise players that could help the Lakers immediately

          • BULL

            Im with that .. Gordon nice

          • SmoothOperator

            Nothing is impossible. You never know. I just feel like the league owes the Lakers big time for that basketball reasons crap and its going to break right for the franchise. I have a feeling that the pick will land in the top 3

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            Who do you think the Lakers would pick Embid Wiggins or Parker

          • BULL

            U have to go w embiid man you can’t deny him legit 7 athletic dominate man its like putting Howard and d j from clippers mix them together w Lil Hakeem man

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            I got a feeling that he might drop due to his back issues because it may concern a few gm’s but for sure embiid would be like having Shaq again

          • BULL

            BettEr tho bro he will b more athletic my gosh dream that’s the only reason I became k.u fan cause of him

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            hard to argue with that be nice if we could have embiid and say do a sign and trade with some team for exum he wants to be a laker anway so we’d get a two for one basically

          • BULL

            Have u seen him ball wooooooo boy is the next Kobe I’m telling all skills footwork everything

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            be nice if they could draft embiid and sign n trade for exum and say get deng in free agency and get pau back man that would be a deadly team right there

          • SmoothOperator

            Im rolling with Wiggins because his upside is higher than any other player. He is long and athletic, plays defense, which is some that Parker does not do. I think the system in Kansas hampered him a bit.

          • BULL

            Is it me or parker just fit perfit for those punks Celtics he looks n play a lot like pierce

          • Lakers Rebuilding

            can’t forget about exum too man dudes a beast

          • BULL

            Wigg is nice but embiid is for lakers we need rim protector

          • comrade24

            i’m gonna go with Parker. I definitely think he has the highest ceiling of anyone in this draft class. I can see him in 4-5 years being regarded in the same breath as Durant/Lebron.

          • LakersHeatBeef

            For me personally i would pick Andrew Wiggins.My fave.I was a big fan of his dad Mitchell Wiggins in the 1980′s he was one hell of a basketball player.Mitchell was one of my favorite players ever but drugs derailed his great career.It was a damn shame but it was how things were in the 80′s.

          • Josh

            Not only does the league need to make up for basketball reasons, but now they need to make sure the Lakers rise back above the Donald Sterling Clippers ASAP.

          • Kenneth Simkins

            Depends on where the ping pong balls fall! We could have a top 3 pick! Lets wait and see what happens!

          • BULL

            NU right

          • SmoothOperator

            I can see that lineup, but as far as upside at the pick I am rolling with Noah Vonleh. Bigman who can shoot, rebound, defend and hustles. I am looking at a lineup of Lowry, Kobe, Johnson, Vonleh, and Gortat. Good enough to get to the playoffs and hold it down until they try to get K Love next summer. I love Deng too and I wouldnt mind having him on the team.

          • BULL

            U r smooth brothsbrotha lol, I like how you thru in Lawry totally forgot bout that man gortat too OK OK I see you .. wesley no that’s my boy love him but he should be playing kW. Leonard from spurs he’s playing more like weak sauce made me mad

          • SmoothOperator

            I wish Leonard played for the Lakers lol

          • BULL

            Now we sound like those spoiled laker fans haha but I’m w u wouldn’t mind ariza coming bk either

      • comrade24

        idk about Exum being gone. i JUST saw ESPN’s most recent draft projections and they don’t even have Exum in the top 6. I guess just hoping that means something, but again it is ESPN.

      • Chrmngblly

        Pray for Embiid. Otherwise, sign and trade Pau to Phil in NY for Tyson Chandler. Throw Nash in on the deal and they can throw in someone else in return. Phil will get someone to teach them the triangle with and Nash’s dead contract to bring their cap down at season’s end—or they can stretch Nash right away. And we have a good defensive center for 2 more years. It’s good deal and all parties should benefit.

    • Tomtom

      Of B scott is a better coach he’s defense minded, D’Antoni the only thing that made him look like a good coach was because of steve nash, just about everytime he talked “well when steve comes back we’ll be better”. He needs to stop thinking this is the pheonix suns.

    • comrade24

      Dan Gilbert already said that if he doesn’t sign an extension he will look to trade him. Now is the time! Sign and trade with Gasol and future picks maybe?

    • nlruizjr

      why don’t you compare their records before you make a stupid statement like this !!!!!

  • BULL

    That’s why I do not list to rumors I wait for the source to speak….now my thing is with Scott is he going to be able to coach Bryant? I heard n Cleveland he loved to run his players, idk if Kobe can hang besides that, any coach that teaches def would be a better coach than Mike astoni, and Lakers please be smart with the pick…if we remain at six see if we can trade it for Irving…. Send Marshall w it lol…but do not trade our pick for Love …be patient and wait for him2015.. I do not want the same thing happening to us like the Howard situation

    • SmoothOperator

      Exactly. I think about it like when Melo went to New York. All he had to do was wait to sign with the Knicks in that following summer and they would of been loaded with Gallo, Stat, Felton, Wilson Chandler, Mosgov. They could of used the assets that went to Denver and acquired CP3. Melo wanted that money and he is paying for it now.

      • BULL

        U right he need bulls that’s a match made in heaven

        • comrade24

          i’m REALLY hoping that Melo bolts in FA and goes to Chicago. I think he’d fit perfect there and could be the #1 scoring option they desperately need. Plus, it would be really nice if just one year the heat don’t get to take a leisurely stroll back to the Finals while 48 win teams in the West are missing the playoffs. By the time a W. Conf team battles through three grueling series in the west against solid competition they have to face a Miami team that almost no adversity until the conf finals, if that! This season if the Pacers don’t pull their head out the Heat will end up playing who? Brooklyn? Toronto? Atlanta? LMAO that will be a great E. Conf Finals. 4 game sweep and back to the Finals for the Heat with their pedicures still intact.

  • Daniel

    As far as D’Antoni, the lakers know that they are going nowhere, meaning they won’t make the playoffs next year, or if they make it they are out on the first round. So, why change coaches and pay D’Antoni 4 million for nothing, and bring another coach that can not do much?, so just let him do another year.
    In the meantime, the lakers either get a great pick in the draft or get Love in a trade, that will put some fans on the stand, and save the year. At the same time, they get rid of Gasol, Nash will do its last year, and save money for 2015 and 2016.
    The reason they give Kobe that contract is as reward for all the things he has done for the Organization, Jennie said that, but everybody knows that Kobe is Finished, at least the old Kobe.
    Kobe will bitch about it, that is what he is all about, always thinking about himself, and nothing else.Remember last year, they got Sessions for a first round pick, they got Howard without a previous extension, all that to please Kobe.
    By 2016, Lakers Kobe contract is gone, the Lakers will have 3-4 studs that can take the Lakers to a championship. The way the salary cap is, there is no room anymore for contracts like Kobe, so you have to have 2 major start, get the third star through the draft, and then develop 3-4 guys. And that is the plan, Any other way makes no sense.

    • SmoothOperator

      The Lakers better make the playoffs next season because they do not have a First Round pick next draft. It goes to Phoenix.

    • BULL

      Only agree w Kobe n keeping coach but why trade our pick for love that would be more of a mistake the by passing Phil as coach

    • vdogg

      you know nothing about the lakers. be gone.

  • Lakers Rebuilding

    Any coach Is better than D’antoni

  • SmoothOperator

    What all this BS going on with Sterling, it makes me even more upset at the fact that CP3 was supposed to be a Laker, instead he plays for an owner who dislikes minorities.

    • BULL

      You don’t think the league suffering from it watch …it going to play out …other he sell or players leaving

  • kookiebuger

    Irving is overrated.

    • SmoothOperator

      They said the same thing about Pau, now he is a two-time champion

      • kookiebuger

        What has Irving done? Nothing. He is entertaining to watch but he causes a lot of drama with his team (this team already haves enough), he can’t play defense, and he can’t a lead team (the Bobcats made the playoffs in the East, the Bobcats!!!).

        • SmoothOperator

          Again referring to Pau. What did he do in Memphis except get swept out of the playoffs? He won his first playoff game as a member of the Lakers.

        • SmoothOperator

          I am pretty sure that Al Jefferson is/was a pretty big reason why the Bobcats made the playoffs. The Knicks didnt make it either, so Melo is overrated as well?

          • kookiebuger

            Yeah, Melo is overrated same with Irving but you seem to just want to target star players, throw them together and hope the mesh/win.

          • BULL

            I wouldn’t really say star players more positioning players just so happen love n rvin are rising stars

          • SmoothOperator

            LOL, Melo is overrated? Not every player in the league is going to be a star. Lebron had to go get Wade and Bosh and people all of a sudden forget that he was in that Melo/Kyrie category. Put Melo/Kyrie with a team as talented as MIA and you would see the same results.

          • kookiebuger

            They play in the weak East they both should be capable of making it, Kobe made the playoffs with Kwame Brown,Smush Parker,Walton,Odom,and Sasha. LeBron and A.I. made it with less talented players, I don’t expect him to make it to the finals but they both should be a playoff team.

        • BULL

          Drama is more coach fault specially when dealing with young players not mention a bad seed bynum he is just in the wrong environment

      • LegendInMyMind

        Pau is/was a legit 2nd option. Only way this works is with the acquisition of Kevin Love, and the tandem of Irving, Love, and Kobe would only be effective if Kobe didn’t wasn’t making $24M a year so that they could fill out their bench and the rest of the starting 5 with something a little more effective than former draft busts and veteran journeymen. I’m skeptical of the entire concept of a “big 3″, though.

  • LegendInMyMind

    And you’d face the possibility of just pissing away a draft pick if Irving was unhappy in LA, or being unable to offer a suitable deal to Kevin Love given that Irving will probably demand at least $15M a year, maybe more, to re-sign, Love will want about $20M and Kobe’s on the books for $24.25M. That’s $60M to 3 players, 2 of which (Kobe and Kevin Love) may be unreliable due to injuries. K Love only plays 60 games a season. The salary cap is right at $60M. So 9 other vet minimum contracts to produce a “championship” caliber roster a la the Miami Heat, who have the benefit of employing the best player on the planet? Ridiculous. Did we not learn from the 2012-2013 Lakers that “superteams” only work when you have a DOMINANT player. Who is that? Kobe? Let’s see him get back out on the court before counting those chickens.

    • BULL

      He wouldn’t be unhappy he play w his mentor Kobe n his pal 2015 love

      • LegendInMyMind

        Or you could keep your draft pick and sign them in free agency next offseason and not leave something like that up to chance and assumptions like the one you just made. “No one leaves the Lakers” – All of us, when they traded for Howard during his contract year…

        • BULL

          U right we gotta b patient but Irving can’t come here with out a trade

          • LegendInMyMind

            He’s a restricted free agent next season, meaning that the Cavs could match any deal that the Lakers offered. Which means that the Lakers could land him long term with a sign and trade deal, a la what brought Steve Nash to the Lakers, which would benefit both Cleveland and LA. That’s next summer. That leaves LA with their 1st round pick for this loaded draft. Which they could use to pick the best available player and develop them alongside Kobe Bryant and potentially either or both of Kyrie Irving and Keven Love.

          • BULL

            ok but trade for who.. only trade we can make is with that pick.. we have no assets.. nothing.. sacre and kobe i think are the only ones on the books.. so that means we would have to giv our 6 our higher spot.. now im with that as long as its not the top 3 if so we will have to keep it and say goodbye to irving because with out that trade there is no way hes coming here.. lakers are not givin that much money for him where cleveland wouldnt match..

          • LegendInMyMind

            No, it’s a sign and trade scenario for NEXT offseason. Meaning that Cleveland would sign him to a max contract, whatever it is, and then trade him to the Lakers for anything ranging from whoever they have on the roster by that time next summer to future draft picks, a la the Steve Nash sign and trade that landed him in LA.

            And as for why the Cavs would sign him only to trade him, it would kinda have to be Kyrie Irving asking for them to broker the deal, where they would at least get something for his inevitable departure.He may have other suitors who may be able to offer Irving more than Cleveland would want to match, so that could be their compromise. It’s just all up to negotiations. What I’m saying is that if the Lakers wanted Kyrie Irving, a “safer” way to get him, a way that insures that he actually WANTS to play there and that he’ll be in it long term, would be to broker a sign and trade deal with the Cavaliers after next season. Summer of 2015.

          • L.A BU11Y

            I got you as long as we get the man im with it.. Irving and Love would def be a foundation for our org.. just making it happen

  • Jay Brodes

    i want jabari and whatever it takes to get rid of dantoni i am cool with. do not love byron but byron>pringles any day!

    • BULL

      I just can’t stand looking at him lol so irritating n he can not coach

  • BULL

    My dream let’s go lakersssss if you u ever seen on yahoo blog embiid to Lakers over n over again itsfrom yours truly

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    Let me get this straight. The Lakers are interested in a particular coach due to his ties with an All-Star point guard? This sounds eerily familiar.

    • comrade24

      lol soooooooooo true

  • Johnny

    You really think Sterling would sell to Magic?

    • L.A BU11Y

      3 BILLION DOLLARS.. MONEY TALKS .. LOL

  • Johnny

    I think the Lakers are going to make out like L.A. bandits after Sterling just crapped in his pants!

  • Lawrence Wilson

    trade for Irving

  • SD

    I think anyone who doesn’t think Byron Scott is a better coach should re-evaluate the facts. I think he’s the kind of coach that is ideal during a rebuild. He teaches great fundamentals…He’s a great guard coach (Kidd,CP3,Kyrie loved him for a reason). Cleveland’s biggest issues are the ROSTER and GM. That team has a very low amount of talent/balance.

    Byron Scott…except for his Cleveland years…took teams with relatively low talent and made them verrry good teams. See his New Jersey Nets team…His best players were Kidd/Kenyon Martin/Richard Jefferson…He took those Hornets teams with pretty much onlly David West/CP3…and made them relevant. He had a lot of older-less athletic guys on both of those teams.

    CP3 had his BEST career number with Byron Scott as a coach in 07-08 and 08-09 seasons. Is he the best coach in the world? No. Is he more balanced than a D’antoni? Yes. I’d go with Hollins over Scott though.

  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    The fact of the matter is – If the Lakers plan to play a fast pace/uptempo style of basketball given the current roster – we NEED a point guard who is dangerous in the transition game getting to the rim, a good 3 point shooter, as well as a good decision maker on the ball. Mr. Irving fits these needs very well. Anybody who believes Marshall can lead a winning team is a straight up bafoon. Nash is also about as reliable as a 100 year old bridge in the jungle.

    And please – Byron Scott knows what it takes to win a championship and is a laker through and through. Dont give me this euroleague ‘chip bullshit fat saggy ballsack filled with stale pringles that some call D’Antoni.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    “If I was the Wizards, I swear if I could pull off a deal, I would trade down,” Feinstein said. “I would take John Wall, trade down, get a player or two, and use the first pick on Kendall Marshall. I swear to God I would do that, I think that highly of Kendall Marshall.

    “They’re not gonna do that,” he continued, “because that’s thinking out of the box. And they’ve made such a big deal out of John Wall they can’t afford to trade him. But I think that would be a good move. I think Kendall Marshall, in terms of running a team, potentially is a lot better than John Wall.”

    John Feinstein made these comments wow he thought that highly of Marshall.

    • comrade24

      wow. too bad the rest of the gm’s in the league don’t share the same sentiment. we’d have a pretty nice tradechip. he still may end up being a vailuable, inexpensive trade chip to use this season, but i don’t see john wall walking through the door anytime soon lol

  • hookedonnews

    We don’t know if the Lakers are interested in Irving. I don’t think you would have to have Byron Scott coaching to bring him to LA. D’Antoni has been about as successful with PGs as any coach has ever been. I’m not 100% sold on Irving. The Cavs played better this season when he was out. I don’t think owners make coaching choices based on their relationship with some player. Now if it was LeBron James I would consider it.

  • ersliva

    SCOTT OR RAMBIS…BUT NOT D’ASSTONI….HES THE WORST NBA COACH ALIVE….HIRING AN EX LAKER WHO KNOWS WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN TITLES LAKER STYLE IS WHAT IT WILL TAKE TO GET THIS TEAM BACK FROM THE DEAD….
    IMO WOULD GO ALL IN THIS SUMMER…
    NEW COACH
    DRAFT EXUM
    RESIGN GASOL,HILL,YOUNG,KELLY,MEEKS,MARSHALL AND JOHNSON
    SIGN HAWES,ARIZA,LOWRY,BEASLEY
    TO GO WITH BRYANT,SACRES AND NASH…..
    YOU HAVE NASH’S CONTRACT OFF NEXT YEAR AND CAN USE THAT TO SIGN A TRUE STARTING POWER FORWARD…BUT IN THE MEAN TIME THEY CAN GET BY WITH HILL,KELLY,BEASLEY AND HAWES AT POWER….
    THIS TEAM WOULD BE VERY DEEP AND ATHLETIC AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUS SPECIALLY AT THE GUARDS…
    GASOL/HAWES/SACRES/KELLY AT THE CENTER
    HILL/BEASLEY/KELLY/HAWES AT THE POWER
    ARIZA/JOHNSON/BEASLEY/YOUNG AT THE FORWARD
    BRYANT/YOUNG/MEEKS/EXUM AT THE GUARD
    LOWRY/MARSHALL/EXUM/MEEKS AT THE POINT
    AND RUNNING A MORE SYSTEM MATIC OFFENSE AND LOT BETTER DEFENSE THE LAKERS WOULD RETAKE THE PACIFIC DIVISION AND CHALLENGE FOR THE WESTERN TITLE AND NBA TITLE
    WHILE NASH GETS HIS MONEY TUTORING EXUM AND LOWRY…..

  • Sylvia Ross

    BYRON SCOTT, ALL DAY with or without KYRIE.

  • Angie

    well honestly thats why we have 16 banners and they still have 0 The Lakers are on a different level weather the clippers like it or not They will always run LA

  • Normdastorm

    I my self would go after Irving and build around him.

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