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Lakers Rumors: Jerry Buss Would’ve Hired Byron Scott Before Mike Brown?

Back in 2011, the Los Angeles Lakers were forced to make a drastic change following the departure of legendary head coach Phil Jackson.

Obviously, it is never easy to replace a coach with Jackson’s resume, but the team had no choice and ultimately hired former Coach of the Year, Mike Brown.

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Brown wasn’t the popular choice by any means with Brian Shaw waiting in the wings as Jackson’s protege. Shaw was thought to be the frontrunner to land the job after Jackson ended his coaching career, but Brown ended up getting hired and only lasted one full season.

Although Shaw appeared to be the frontrunner and Brown was ultimately hired, Byron Scott might’ve been the coach Dr. Jerry Buss wanted. Unfortunately, he wasn’t available at the time.

A year before Jackson stepped down as the head coach of the Lakers, Scott took over for Brown in Cleveland. If he hadn’t, Buss may have brought him in as Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding speculates:

It’s a safe assumption that Jerry Buss would have made Scott the Lakers head coach instead of Brown upon Phil Jackson’s 2011 departure if Scott, eager to get back to work a year earlier, hadn’t accepted the daunting task of coaching Brown’s old Cleveland Cavaliers with LeBron James about to bolt.

With Dr. Buss seemingly having a soft spot for the three-time NBA champion, the former Laker guard might have a good chance of becoming next head coach of the storied franchise. Scott has already expressed interest in the head coaching vacancy and hopes to get an interview this summer.

Although Scott may have an advantage with ties to the organization, there’s no shortage of options for the Lakers this time around. Scott is one of many viable candidates that includes George Karl, Jeff Van Gundy, Lionel Hollins, Kevin Ollie, Roy Williams, Mark Jackson and Tom Thibodeau.

It’ll be interesting to see how things pan out in the Lakers search for a new leader on the sidelines, but Scott is definitely considered to be among the top candidates.
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  • independentbynature

    WE WANT BYRON !!! SHOWTIME 4EVER !!!

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  • comrade24

    i was pretty gung ho about Mark Jackson but lately i’ve been leaning more towards Scott. The most important thing for a coach is to have his players buy in. Most of the players on the roster never bought into D’Antoni’s system, so even if he was a genius it couldn’t have worked. We can’t underestimate the fact that Kobe would on board from day one.

    • badfuthamucka

      Did you not pay attention to the 3 years when he was in Cleveland?

      Mike Brown took over the same Cavaliers team, and they improved by 10 games. Players love losing on those Byron Scott teams though! They bought into the losing!!

      • keenanjen

        What??? Lol yeah taking New Jersey To two finals. Yeah you’re right they brought into losing. What a loser remark

        • badfuthamucka

          Yeah, and they missed the playoffs in his other two seasons in New Jersey. He was barely a .500 coach there and had a hall of famer in his prime.

          • keenanjen

            Wrong Byron was fired in 03-04 season. In the middle of the season. New Orleans he was dealing with Hurricane Katrina remember they were playing in two areas, so I don’t care who is coaching that team they would have struggled regardless. In 07-08 season they made the playoffs and would make the playoffs four the next 2 or 3 seasons can’t remember how many. And in Cleveland no one in their right mind would blame him for that mess after LeBron left them hanging. So you have to look at each season and the reasons why he has a sub 500 record. Byron is the right guy for the Lakers, it’s proven when he has talent he can win. When Jason Kidd got to the Nets they made it to the finals in kidds first two years.

          • badfuthamucka

            I expect winning coaches, who expect winning basketball. Phil Jackson was a winner. Pat Riley was a winner. Byron Scott is a losing coach over a 12 year period.

            Be an apologist. Rationalize it any way that you want, but successful coaches like Thibodeau, and the Van Gundy Bros. always win with bad players. Byron Scott has had too many losing teams with good players.

            Sorry if i expect a winning coach.

          • keenanjen

            Name me bad players those coaches had to deal with? I’ll wait

          • keenanjen

            Pat Riley was nothing before he became the coach of the Lakers, so try again

          • keenanjen

            Jeff V.G had. Larry Johnson,Patrick Ewing,
            Allan Houston, John Starks, Charles Oakley just to name a few on the Knicks
            Houston, Ming and T Mac. His brother Stan had Shaq and D.wade and in Orlando he had D12.
            Thibodeau is a good option, but why in the world would you give up a first rounder for him, because that’s what it will take.

          • comrade24

            What has Thibodeau won? NOTHING. Never been head coach on team that even went to the Finals. In that regard, Scott has had A LOT more success than anyone you mentioned above aside from the obvious legends Riley and Jackson.

          • badfuthamucka

            Excuses, excuses, excuses. My boss would literally fire me too if i had the performance of this guy. Going from hero to zero means that you get fired.

            There is never an acceptable excuse for being the worst at anything.

          • keenanjen

            You have not given any info. Don’t compare pro sports with your job. When given players Byron has proven he can take the team to the next level, So like I said name me bad players those other coaches had to deal with.

          • badfuthamucka

            My job revolves around producing revenue. If i produce at a level below average (minimum required revenue to keep afloat), then I get fired.

            Same thing as being an NBA head coach. Teams below average have lower ticket sales, lower TV ratings, and less merchandising sales.

            I bet you aren’t a producer in life. That is why you just dont get it.

          • Gekko

            Does your boss know that you are typing on the message boards?

          • keenanjen

            Pwahahahahahahahahahah. Love it, he works at a fastfood restaurant. Taking drive thru orders. That’s the revenue he produces.

          • independentbynature

            That was before J. Kidd got there.What a moron you are.

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

        Byron Scott ran the Lebron-less Cavs.

        • badfuthamucka

          And Mike Brown took the same exact team to 10 additional wins.

          • keenanjen

            Mike Brown had a team that added some free agents, so yeah of course he will have 10 more wins then Byron.

          • badfuthamucka

            So, are you implying that Mike Brown and Byron Scott are at a similar coaching level?

            Jarett Jack isn’t much of a Free Agent addition by the way. Oh yeah, the Bulls got better when they got rid of Deng too.

          • independentbynature

            Not the same team.How stupid are you?

          • badfuthamucka

            Actually pretty smart. The real question is, how stupid are you?

          • independentbynature

            You make me laugh.Thanks…..

  • metalbass

    make it happen! byron scott new lakers head coach please!

  • Eazy

    Why is Roy still being listed as an option when he has already said ‘No Interest’… which is good cause LA don’t want any untested college coaches.

    Scott with Rambis as an asst.

    • comrade24

      i agree. i don’t care if Coach K. said he wanted to coach the Lakers, we need somebody with NBA experience. No more coaching experiments. The next coach hired needs to be able to get us through this rebuilding project and back to the NBA elite that we as Lakers fans are accustomed to. They really cannot botch this coaching hire, and the next coach hired needs to be there for his ENTIRE contract at least. We don’t want to get the reputation of being a coaching turnstile. We need stability, credibility, and the talent to both develop and better younger players, as well as manage veterans and superstars. This, in my opinion, not the draft, is the most important thing the Lakers will do this summer.

      • Pimptastic

        Unless the draft is top 3 and Lebron decides that he wants to be a Laker, then coaches would pay the front office just to be allowed to coach that team
        .

      • CCX

        Not sure if Coach K’s methods would translate to the NBA but he’s the only guy who might be worth looking at over B Scott, and I don’t know if you still don’t go with Byron over him.

    • Sylvia Ross

      Byron Scott, yes but no Rambis, as we all know he was the defensice coach for pringles and things just didn’t seem to work out.

      • Dino Madness

        That’s one of the Insidious things about Mike D’Antoni is that he never assign Kurt Rambis as the defensive coach. Rambis was simply a coach and was never given a chance by D’Antoni to run the defense on a day to day basis. The reason D’Antoni got fire from Phoenix is because he refuse to let management add Tom Thibodeau as the defensive coach. D’Antoni despises defense and will refuse to implement any defense that interferes with his precious offense, an offense that has led him to ultimate failure.

        • nlruizjr

          Kurt has never been a defensive specialist, coach or otherwise, his record with the “Wolves” (2 seasons) was 32-132 and that does not indicate any defensive abilities !!!!

        • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

          you are correct… MDA didn’t assign Rambis as the defensive coach… Rambis was taken in as one of the assistant coaches, but not specific to defensive coach. MDA was very reluctant to give Rambis the free hand… I think, that was one of MDA’s shortcoming.

      • comrade24

        Byron Scott with Derek Fisher as assistant. Boom!

    • nlruizjr

      rambis was MDA’s defensive coach, enough said !!!!!

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        MDA didn’t assign him to that specific task… all the coaches had a say on the defense of the team… MDA and Rambis said themselves in one of the interviews. You should have noticed it during huddles, Rambis was never in-charge of the defense of the team. He functioned as one of the assistant coaches, and they all gave their input into the defensive scheme… but to say he was in-charge… that didin’t happen.

        • nlruizjr

          I agree, my point was to insinuate that Rambis is not a Defensive Coach, never has been and never will be but for some reason some people seem to think that Rambis is a Defensive Genius.?????

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            although I accept that Rambis is NOT a defensive genius… he was in fact THE defensive coordinator for Phil Jackson during the 2008-2010 championship run, which wasn’t the case in his tenure under MDA.

  • LakersFanSince1960

    I think Kevin Ollie is the best man for the Lakers job…Scott is a burnt out retread…

    • nlruizjr

      I see you know nothing about B. Scott !!!!!

    • Dubwise

      Agreed. Byron Scott wouldn’t even be in the running if he hadn’t played for the team. All these glory day homers need to pull their head out. They weren’t paying attention to what he was doing while he coached the Hornets, Nets or Cavs.

  • LeRoy

    Lakers are a bottom feeder no more,now that clueless Mike D’Antoni is gone ya’ll.

    • kookiebuger

      Don’t get your hopes up if the Lakers are targeting 2015 then expect the Lakers to sign more one and done players, example Okafur,Humphries,Beasley,etc.

  • Al Haldie

    There was nothing wrong with COACH BROWN at least he teaches D-FENCE we would have had a much better record with him then D’Antoni, but I do like BYRON, better then anything I have seen YET, many more to kook at…

    • kookiebuger

      Brown taught defense but offensively he was ass.

    • Pimptastic

      D’antoni’s team showed some passion that Mike Brown’s teams largely lacked. In the long run, iso-ball usually wears down a team.

    • CCX

      Brown was a terrible fit, but it was Kobe that approached he and Mitch with the Princeton offense idea that sealed his fate – mostly as a mechanism to remove play calling from Brown. D’Antoni might have stressed zero defense and didn’t bend his system to accommodate bigs but to his credit his rotation guys played hard and a few guys flourished under him like Meeks, Swaggy, Henry, Marshall, etc

      • molly

        kobe wanted nothing to do with that

  • Sylvia Ross

    WE WOULD LOVE TO HAVE BYRON SCOTT AS THE NEW COACH FOR THE LAKERS !!! BYRON SCOTT< PLEASE !

  • badfuthamucka

    Byron Scott has a long track record of losing as a head coach. Everybody remembers the 4 playoff runs, but forgets the 8 years where his teams quit on him and missed the playoffs.

    Everybody also forgets that the young teams he has coached have tuned him out and been some of the very worst in the entire league.

    • independentbynature

      B.S.

      • badfuthamucka

        You might call facts B.S., but I just call them facts. I would challenge you to research the facts, but it would hurt your feelings.

        • independentbynature

          I call you full of B.S.Former coach of the year.Winning records with New Jersey and New Orleans.Back to back finals appearences,losing to the Lakers and Spurs.Oh yeah,I call it B.S.,alright.Here’s a FACT for you;You are an idiot….

        • independentbynature

          When you take over a terrible team as coach,you have to build.The Nets were terrible when Scott tookover.They won 52 games his 2nd and 49 his 3rd year.He was fired with a 22-20 record because of coach killer Kidd his 4th yr.New Orleans was terrible when Scott took over.They improved 20 games his 2nd season to win 38 and 39 the following yr.In yrs 4 and 5,they improved to win 56 and 49 games.He was let go with a 3-6 record the next yr.No one was going to win in Cleveland without LeBron.The roster was terrible.Those are the facts,Bad MFer.You’re still an idiot.That’s also a fact.

          • keenanjen

            He’s not really educated in the sport of basketball

          • independentbynature

            Thanks,that’s a much nicer way to phrase his problem.I get carried away.LOL.

          • badfuthamucka

            Byron Scott is AMAZING at turning teams around. Look at what he did with the Cavaliers and All Star franchise savior Kyrie Irving! 24 wins in his 3rd year.

            Like you said though, he builds winners.

          • badfuthamucka

            Or do you STILL want to talk about him losing in the Eastern Conference finals 13 years ago with HOF Jason Kidd in his prime?

          • keenanjen

            Yeah compare one hall of famers. To SHAQ AND KOBE!!!!! And Tim Duncan and Ginobli. Yeah that’s right like I said you have no basketball knowled to argue. Everything you say make no sense what so ever. Every basketball expert says Byron is right for this organization. Let me tell you how much of basketball knowledge you lack. Irving was in his first year when Byron got there. Yes Byr on had 3 years, but when you have one superstar and trash to work with around you. It’s not going to workout well for you. Having Dang on the Bulls would have got them to the second round. They went on a run after he left, but it was an emotional run. No one wanted Dang gone including the coaches.

    • nlruizjr

      I stopped reading your dumbass post after reading “B. Scott has a long record of losing”, Scott’s 2 winningest seasons with the Nets, his winning percentage avg. was .616 (excellent) and his 2 winningest seasons with N.O. was .640 (even more excellent), it just so happened that he ran into the Lakers and the Spurs, like the rest of the finalist.

      • badfuthamucka

        Yeah, and he had a .368 record in his other two years as a Nets coach. He had a .371 record in his other three years as a Hornets coach. I didn’t even mention his .386 record in his three years in Cleveland yet…

        If you cherry pick the good, you have to pay attention to the bad… and this guy is bad more than he was good.

        • nlruizjr

          I understand, the point is, if given a few all-stars and some decent players,Scott can take them to the finals and more, we don’t know that about the other coaches, it sounds like you want to put in coaches that either haven’t done it in the NBA or lucked out and had one good year, just because Scott had some bad years only gives him more experience about what kind of decent players he needs to help carry the team to another level, you can’t say that about the other choices you want to bring in. However, it’s just my opinion vs. your opinion, it doesn’t really matter to the FO,does it !!!!!

  • Eazy

    I officially HATE any coach named MIKE from now on…

  • EmperorKing

    Lionel Hollins all the way..

  • classicarz

    Mitch did not say Kobe wouldn’t be consulted on the new coaching hire. At the time, D’Antoni was still coach and Mitch said it did not matter what Kobe or Pao felt about D’Antoni. Let’s get the facts straight.

  • Steve Friederang

    Hire Steve Kerr. Give him whatever he needs. He has a great eye and a great mind, and, most important, great character. People will like him, trust him, and play their hearts out for him. And he will lead players to win championships. I like Byron, but Steve Kerr is a whole different level of leader.

    • comrade24

      I say no to anyone that doesn’t have NBA coaching experience. That includes Derek Fisher (at least as HC), Steve Kerr, and all the college coaches that keep coming up in rumors. This is the most important coaching hire of Jim Buss’ life. He can’t afford to swing and miss with this one. I think they’ll hire either Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, or mark Jackson.

  • pozi

    Hollins or tom..

  • CCX

    Lakers can’t go wrong with B Scott. No candidate is better than Byron.

    • Yeah yeah yeah

      Tom

      • comrade24

        It’s highly unlikely the Bulls will even give the Lakers permission to speak to him. I really don’t think he’d be a good fit for the team. He likes to play his starters super heavy minutes, which is not good for a 36 year old Kobe, and potentially a 34 year old Gasol. Overall, he’s a great coach though, i just don’t think it will happen.

  • Steve Friederang

    On second thought, Kerr probably needs to work under Jackson. That horse is long gone, but wouldn’t it have been great to have hired Jackson in the front office and hired Kerr under him? It would also have been great to have had Jerry West over Kerr — which is one reason they were champions under Riley. The problem with the Lakers is higher up than the coach — it’s Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak. Jeannie should have helped Jackson to become GM — she wasn’t forceful enough with her brother. So now they lose and New York wins. Ego wins and humility loses in LA and the reverse in New York. As a world class coach, I can tell you only a world class coach should be leading the Lakers. Under Jackson that will be Kerr. It’s not the triangle offense that wins championships; it’s a coach who is certain of his plan, is great with players because he focusses on on the team mission and helps people understand and accept their roles in putting that mission before themselves. D’Antoni has many strengths, but this isn’t one of them. Kupchak has many strengths, but standing up to Jim Buss isn’t one of them. Jackson is a true genetic leader — you can’t teach what he is. I believe Kerr is too, and so was Jerry. Jim is not. Jeannie is not. Too much fear and ego. Watch the Knicks. No coach will win in LA until the front office changes. Good people — but I wouldn’t go to war for them. Kobe might if they kiss his butt as D’antoni did. But D’antoni played him too much; played him injured, and hurt the team and Kobe’s career. Proof that you can score a lot of points without winning any championships. But, again, to be fair, even Popovitch would lose in LA until Jim and Mike step aside. Jackson knows this and even Jeannie does. This season maybe even Jim does, but the question is whether his ego allows him to see the light. You have to doubt it. Even with James Dolan as an example. This will be proof that you either learn from your mistakes or get schooled on the court. The big man on our campus signed Kupchak to a multi-year extension — that really slaps Jackson in the face. Jeannie might have over-compensated, worrying people would say she hired Jackson for love. She should have followed her heart and hired Jackson for love of winning. What can be done now? Hire Riley, move Kupchak under him; then hire Kerr or someone like Popovitch. Not going to happen, but you get the idea. That’s what it takes to win. It has to come from talent, passion, focus, and humility at the top. One more scenario — if Dolan doesn’t keep his word (not completely foreign to the imagination) and Jackson quits, the Buss family may get another chance. If they want to win, they shouldn’t blow it this time. I also recommend the Lakers hire my mentors at the Covey Leadership Center. As a USA swim coach and a fan who is used to the Lakers winning, it’s hard to watch this. But it’s a solvable problem. Very few people with Caesar’s power step aside for the good of the team. Jim Buss has a decision to make — his ego or the good of the team. His dad’s money and legacy aren’t enough. Caring isn’t enough. The ball actually has to go in the basket. It’s that simple.

  • Briznho

    With all do respect to those that expect a winning coach…the great coaches like phil jackson and pat riley, they started from the bottom. Both coaches wouldnt be the men that they are now if they never received the chance to coach a team to begin with. Byron Scott has one thing going for him, the fact that this is dream job, Im sure that he’ll do everything in his hands to bring back the lakers to their winning ways, some times a little faith and support goes along way.

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