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Magic Johnson Says Dr. Buss Wanted To Hire Byron Scott

The Los Angeles Lakers practice facility was filled with surprise guests for Byron Scott’s introductory press conference as the new head coach of the Lakers on Tuesday. Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jamaal Wilkes were quite the impressive backdrop to Scott’s introduction. With members of the Showtime era surrounding him, it was the perfect way to usher in a new (and hopefully successful) era of Lakers basketball.

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The Lakers decided it was both best to stay within the Lakers family and take their time with their search, after two unsuccessful coaching hires. Drama surrounded the hiring of Mike D’Antoni back in 2012, mostly because of the perception that the Lakers had chosen D’Antoni over the great Phil Jackson. Jackson, at the time, was uncertain that he would return to coaching, and wasn’t prepared to give the Lakers an immediate decision.

It appears there’s a bit more to the story of the Lakers coaching search in 2012. According to Magic Johnson, Dr. Buss wanted to make Scott the coach of the Lakers, before Scott decided to take the head coaching job in Cleveland.

This is a great day for Dr. Buss, even though he’s not here,” Johnson told a group of reporters after Scott’s press conference. “We (Johnson and Dr. Buss) were in the suite, he called me up there and he said Earvin, ‘I would love, I think for Byron to coach this team one day,’

I haven’t even told him (Byron) this yet.

And, Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil didn’t know what he was going to do. But, Byron took the Cleveland job and he took it too early and I called him and said B, you took the job too early, Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach!”

If Magic’s account is accurate, it looks like things ultimately worked out just how Dr. Buss would’ve wanted it. A little late, but what’s that saying? Better late than never.

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  • WAYNER

    What I’d like everybody to do is to really just sit back and just absorb this year. Take it all in. Sit back and watch and listen and hear all the hate that’s being thrown at us and remember every person that’s kicking you when you’re down because next year it ain’t gunna be this way.

    Appreciate it now. Let it sit in now, because revenge is sweet and it’s quick -

    Kobe Bryant

    • tutimes

      Kobe said that before he realized he wouldn’t be playing alongside Pau Gasol, or Carmelo, or LeBron. Shoot, he probably didn’t think Kaman was gonna jump ship either. The landscape of this Lakers team is dramatically different, and they’re going to be Western Conference bottom-feeders.

      • Bulls Fan Remember 93

        Who cares what a Suns fan thinks about the Lakers?I sure don’t lol.

        • tutimes

          I’m a basketball fan, and I know this game. You don’t have to care what I think, but I’m right about your Lakers. You also have to be a stalker to know who my team is, get a life.

          • Matt Williams

            Why are you on here trying to start trouble? Go to a Heat or Cavaliers fansite. Idiot!

          • tutimes

            Good one, bro.

          • SirHambone

            Don’t use bro! You are an idiot that needs to get a life!

          • tutimes

            Lol! Says a guy named “SirHambone”, what a fag you are.

          • Matt Williams

            I’m not your bro.

          • EleanorENewsome

            like Anna
            explained I am impressed that a stay at home mom can get paid $8280 in 1 month
            on the internet . see this J­a­m­2­0­.­C­O­M­

          • Guest

            But that one victory kept your team out of the playoffs.

          • Guest

            Who needs to stalk you? You’ve been ubiquitous on the comments section of LN.

          • SirHambone

            Man you act like you know everything. What makes you right about the Lakers! they have not played one game. I am right dead right about your Suns, have not won 1 title. They played for it twice in 76 and 93 but lost both to the Celtics and Bulls. And in between those losing attempts(80, 82, 85, 87, 88) and after(00, 01, 02, 09, 10) the last failed attempt the Lakers won 5 titles. And we will rebuild again. You can bet your life the Lakers will win another before the Suns win one!

          • tutimes

            Look at the landscape of the roster from last season compared to this season. They won 27 games with a team that had Pau Gasol. Well he’s gone, and replaced by Carlos Boozer, who unlike Gasol, doesn’t make the players around him better. He also averaged career lows last season. You seriously think Jeremy Lin and Julius Randle are going to change things? You probably also think Jordan Hill isn’t a glorified bench player, and Nick Van Excel 2.0 aka Swaggy P, is a superstar.

            Face it, the chips are stacked against this team, and I’m not the only one saying it. You’re just too afraid to admit and accept that it’s going to be another bad season for your team. These aren’t the same Lakers who bounce back after a down-year. They’re not attracting top talent, and can’t even hang on to the top-talent they did have. Not to mention Kobe is on the back-end of his career, and isn’t the player he used to be. Your team is re-building, not re-loading, and it’s going to take a while.

          • SirHambone

            No stupid! Look at what you said. Gasol was not their all year retard. Don’t overlook the other reason for the Lakers poor season. Gasol was injured. Kobe was injured. Henry was injured. This team is much better than last years team. They also have a better coach with defense a focal point.

          • tutimes

            Lol, you put Xavier Henry in the same conversation as Kobe and Gasol? As if his absence has a profound effect on any team, much less this Lakers squad. And Gasol played 60 games last season and averaged a double-double, Boozer played 76 games and put up career lows. You’re crazy if you think he’s going to give your team a boost. Same goes for Byron Scott, and I love Byron Scott, but he’s only as good as the talent he’s coaching, which isn’t much for this Lakers team. Get ready for 24-58!

          • SirHambone

            They were on the same team stupid! We don’t need a “profound effect”, just be effective, which he is. And you are so stupid to think Boozer could give any team a boost. He is just an effective option in the post. And Punk, you cannot “love” Byron Scott! You are not a Laker fan! You might like his coaching but Love him? Dramatic punk! 24-58, really? You continue to cement your status as idiotic! Without the Mamba we will do better than that but with him, we will be in the playoffs! Stay tuned Arizona Asshole!

          • tutimes

            Xavier Henry doesn’t leave a void if he’s not in the game, as opposed to Kobe or Gasol, that’s my point, you moron. Boozer doesn’t make anyone better, which is what Gasol does. He’s a ball-stopper, and doesn’t get guys involved like Gasol does. And yes, I can love Byron Scott, he was a star basketball player at my alma mater, Arizona State University. I don’t have to be a Lakers fan to appreciate Byron Scott, and I respect what he accomplished alongside Magic and the rest of Showtime in the 80′s.
            Kobe will play well, but the team will struggle to win games. Stay tuned, California Cunt!

      • WAYNER

        Well one things for sure we didn’t get Lebron, Carmelo or Gasol and i’m happy we didn’t because what we do have that no other team only the Spurs is a group of 3 vets and a team full of young hungry lions, people look at our roster and don’t see much, But when i look at the Spurs roster they don’t have superstars on their team they don’t have Lebron, Bosh, Wade on one team they just got 3 vets Ginobli 37 yrs old , Duncan 38, Parker 32, and hungry role players, everybody i knew from internet sites to people i knew pick Miami winning the finals i even pick Miami but you know why

        San Antonio won, not cause they had stars on one team but they were hungry to prove some thing played old school, had a coach who preached defense and if you look at their roster they have old guys like us but the role players played a major role and helped win games

        • tutimes

          Kawhi Leonard is a superstar in the making, and far from a role player. Boris Diaw is also far from being a role player. San Antonio had a legit bench, which is also why they won the ‘Ship this year.

          This Lakers team is worse than they were last season; no Gasol, no Kaman, not even Steve Blake came back. Boozer is a down-grade from Gasol, and Sacre isn’t going to fill the void Kaman left. Even a healthy Kobe won’t make a difference. He couldn’t get it done with a bad team in his prime (2004-2005 season), how’s it going to happen when he’s 10 years older?

          • joshhh

            somewhat what agree but I disagree that lakers will be better than last year if healthy. if there healthy this team will be respectable team next year

          • tutimes

            The Lakers’ success going forward depends on what trades and acquisitions they make. Judging from Kupchak’s recent moves, and the fact that they aren’t attracting top-talent, the Lakers are going to suck for the foreseeable future.

          • Lakers Realist

            Mitch has been fine. He’s been making the best of a miserable situation. Sure, things crumbled and we are where we are, but it’s not Mitch’s fault at all. I challenge you to name a single GM that could turn things around here faster than Mitch could.

          • tutimes

            Kupchak gave up a lot to bring in Howard and Nash, and Howard left for nothing, and the Nash investment hasn’t paid off. Those moves have absolutely set them back. Not to mention the coaching fiasco over the last three years.

            I could name a few other GM’s who could turn the situation around faster than Kupchak, but none of them are available, and none of them would leave their current post to try and fix the mess over there in tinsel town.

          • Lakers Realist

            You’re joking right? The coaching hires were Jim Buss. Mitch gave up Andrew Bynum for Dwight. Bynum didn’t even play that season and is basically out of the NBA. As for Nash, nobody saw him fracturing his leg in that freak accident in the second game of the season. That was just bad luck. He just made up for that though by getting Lin and a 1st round pick for free for next season.

            Name them then. Daryl Morey doesn’t fit on that list by the way.

          • tutimes

            I stand corrected, the coaching hires were Jim Buss’ doing. You think getting Lin is some sort of upgrade? He’s way over-paid, and hasn’t lived up to his contract, or played that well in two years.

            And you guys just rented Dwight for one season; am I supposed to be dazzled? The Lakers got exposed in the Playoffs that season. What did bringing in Dwight really do for the Lakers? Absolutely nothing.

            As for GM’s who could do better than Kupchak, Ryan McDonough and R.C. Buford immediately come to mind.

          • xiqi

            hey,buddy,just the result is bad, and it does not mean the trade is bad..

          • Jim213

            Nah, who should worry about your Nuns more than the Lakers given it looks doubtful now that Bledoe and the nuns will have a good working relationship. Aside of that Dragic will be an UFA in the near future so if he goes elsewhere you guys will be mediocre tho your team’s always been mediocre.

          • tutimes

            “The Nuns”? Is that supposed to be an insult? Lol, I prefer the “Phoenix Bums”.

            Bledsoe can whine and complain all he wants, he’s going to be a Sun regardless. It just comes down to how much money is he going to get next season; $3M or $12M? Personally, I think the Suns should trade him, they’re set at PG anyways, and I’m not worried about Dragic going anywhere. He’s going to be ballin’ up the Lakers for the foreseeable future.

            The Suns weren’t so mediocre when they were ballin’ on the Lakers prior to them hi-jacking Pau Gasol.

          • Jim213

            No insult but rumors are coming out (if you’ve read some) that Bledsoe and Phx’s relationship is turning sour. But agree, giving him a max deal is crazy in itself especially for an unproven (consistent) player however if Phx is willing to do that good for them (just ties up more $$$).

            Yes, the Nuns seem to be in a better position currently looking towards the future (youth prospects) but IMO with C Frye opting for the Magic and PJ Tucker’s DUI mishap that may cost him games/jail time/punishment things aren’t looking too bright currently.

            IMO, if one can’t win titles or compete in the playoffs on a consistent basis then that makes a franchise mediocre being that’s why the game is played as well as given the establishment of that particular franchise. The Clipps (ex.) seem to be turning things around tho (one of those team’s).

          • tutimes

            I’ve read about Bledsoe, and it is what it is. Personally, I’d prefer to see the Bums trade him and get what they can.

            Frye really isn’t that good, and I don’t understand why so many people seem to think he was so important to the team’s success. He can’t play defense or rebound, and can’t score in the paint or jump over a phone book. He sucks, and he’s getting way overpaid to give a team 12 and 6. Good riddance. Tucker is going to get suspended for a couple games, but it’s not going to jeopradize the season. Not worried about that at all.

            The Bums have the fourth highest winning percentage out of all 30 NBA teams, and are probably the best franchise to never win the big one. If the Clippers can turn things around, any team can, especially the Suns.

          • Jim213

            Agree about Frye, tho IMO he was still a part of the team’s identity that helped to turn things around (losing leadership). Depending on how things work out for Tucker (off the court) he may hurt the team more than help especially if the media drags things on and on as they do given in the end it may affect the player himself.

            Feel the same about Nick Young too given he couldn’t play defense to save his life. His best defensive career highlight was last year when he took a charge lol.

          • tutimes

            Tucker just has to worry about not screwing up again, but if the Suns thought it was going to be a problem going forward, they wouldn’t have re-signed him. That DUI happened in May, and the Suns just re-signed him this month. Jason Richardson got a DUI, and got another citation for doing 90 MPH in a school zone with his son in the back seat, who wasn’t properly restrained, in the same month. He only missed two games to start the 2009-10 season. Tucker’s punishment isn’t going to be more serious than J-Rich’s.

          • Guest

            Actually, “Nones,” as in no rings.

          • Sunsuck

            When is the last time the suns won a championship?

          • Nalin Shukla

            This do not make a sense…*sarcasm*

          • Stevealot

            Get off Kamans Jock Suns fan.
            You stuck us with your Terrible coach, and we took your broke Nash.
            Worry about your team reaching the finals and losing again.
            And good luck with your ginger fetish

          • tutimes

            Ain’t nobody on Kaman’s jock, but you sure are going to miss him when Portland buries your team again this season.

            I’ll be happy with a playoff berth, just like you guys will be at this point. The Bums are a whole lot closer to reaching the Finals than the Lakers are right now. What happened the last few times the Lakers were in the Playoffs again? Oh yeah, swept in ’11, buried in ’12, and embarrassed in ’13. At least the Bums made it past the 2nd round in ’10 and gave you guys a series; I can’t even remember the last time we got swept.

            Ginger fetish? Lol, you act like we have a team full of Brian Scallibrine’s. I bet you wish you had our white boys on your squad, ’cause they balled you up last season, 3-1.

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

            if you have to look back at history, might as well go back a little farther and you will see with your eyes….shess…. your team hasnt even sniff one single ring….

          • tutimes

            I know my team’s history, as well as the Lakers’. They’ve been blessed to have had Magic and Kobe their entire careers. But now that Kobe is on the back-end of his career, and they don’t have their Hall of Fame coach anymore, it’s back to the dark ages for the Lakers.

            Things are about to be even worse than the 90′s when Magic had to step down, and their best players were Eddie Jones and Nick Van Excel. The Lakers are going back to the post-Minneapolis and pre-Chamberlain era, maybe even worse.

            And the Suns have been closer to a ring than you give them credit for, twice in fact.

          • Guest

            Closer, but still ringless.

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

            I disagree with you on the Suns being closed to the ring… perhaps you don’t know basketball that well… forgive me for saying that… there is a thing called maturation and team cohesiveness, and it goes along side experience. The Suns don’t have those yet, no Suns players has experience necessary to get them to that level, FO has to have that experience too, Coaching has to have that experience as well. Being a championship team doesn’t just fall into a teams lap once you got the talent. No SIR, that is not the case in any way.

            I am familiar with the Suns lineup as do all avid NBA fans…. and I can tell you straight, they are not a very good team, much more a contender. they may get into the playoffs, but unlikely. Last year was an anomaly for them.

          • tutimes

            I didn’t say the Suns are close to a ring with the team they currently have, far from it. You said the Suns have never even “sniff one single ring”; they were “sniffing” a ring in ’76, ’93, and even a couple times during the Nash era. That’s what I was referring to.

            This current Suns team is about two pieces away from contending again.

          • Stevealot

            RINGS

          • Stevealot

            Are you still mad cause the best Suns player ever,
            And probably your favorite player,
            Gave up on that miserable team to
            Become a LAKER!
            What franchise player has ever left to be on the Suns?!?
            Charles Barkley?
            That fat turd couldn’t win a sixth grade spelling contest.

            Face it, you have no place to talk,
            Cause your team has never competed on the level it
            Takes to win a championship.

            So go beat it to your Thunder Dan Marley poster.

          • tutimes

            You seriously think I’m mad ’cause the Suns traded a beat-up, over-the-hill Steve Nash to the Lakers? Lol, thank you for taking him off our hands! You haven’t gotten one good season out of him, and have paid him handsomely to sit on the bench. Sounds like you’re the one who’s mad about it, bro. Shit if anything I was rooting for Steve Nash to win one with the Lakers, because nobody deserves a ‘Ship more than that man.

            And the very player we’re talking about – Steve Nash – left Dallas to come back to Phoenix in ’04, so he could beat you guys in ’06 and ’07. When is the last time the Lakers actually landed a franchise player and got them to stay? It’s been a while since that’s happened.

            Sounds like you’re still salty over that fat turd Barkley whooping your team’s ass in ’93, when it looked like that whore monger James Worthy and crybaby Vlade Divac had it in the bag.

            I’m comfortable with being a fan of “little brother” to the Lakers, it doesn’t bother me that my team hasn’t won a championship. We’ve stood in your way quite a few times too. It’s spelled “Majerle”, by the way, are you sure you could pass a sixth grade spelling contest? Lol

            My squad is on the rise, and your’s is in a full on rebuild. Not to mention the Suns owned the Lakers last season, 3-1. This talk of rings and championships are distant memories, what have the Lakers done lately? Exactly, they ain’t shit no more.

          • Stevealot

            Your team has been in rebuilding mode since it’s inception.
            Go back and high five your buddies.
            Your team is so precious,
            Did a little better than everyone in the league expected,
            And everyone is excited.

            We are rebuilding… To another championship.
            Then we won’t win a few,
            Then another championship.
            It’s on repeat.

            Use all this energy on supporting that mirage you call a nba team.
            Don’t just try to tear down other teams who actually perform for their fans.

          • tutimes

            Things are different this time around, homie. Top free agents aren’t going to the Lakers anymore, and they can’t hang on to the top talent they did have. Just ask Howard and Gasol.
            You don’t seriously think the Lakers actually performed for their fans last year, do you? The Suns put a much better product on the court last season, and are on pace to do better this season. The Lakers aren’t even top dog in their own city anymore.
            Those championships are just distant memories, dude. What have you the Lakers done lately?

          • Realistic Laker Fan

            The Lakers brand never relied on free agency until Jim Buss but most of the Lakers were either drafted (Magic,Worthy,West,Baylor,Mikan) or traded (Kobe,Kareem,Wilt,Gasol,Goodrich) to the Lakers. This team honestly does need to rebuild but whatever we will just have to wait and see what happens I guess.

          • tutimes

            Free agency has also only been around since about 1987, and if it were an option sooner, best believe tinsel town would’ve used it to their advantage. The Lakers had to trade for top-talent back in the day (i.e. Chamberlain, Hawkins, ect.). I’m not sure you can really include Mikan in the “Lakers drafted” group, that was like 50 years ago when the team was in Minnesota still, lol.

          • Stevealot

            I’m not mad my team doesn’t win the championship every year. I know that’s impossible.
            But you SHOULD be mad your team NEVER WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS.
            you wanna know when we performed last year?
            When we dropped 50 (THATS FIFTY) in one quarter on the Knicks. Was a pretty amazing performance for a team that should have been losing games to secure lottery spot.

            That farm team you support score 50 in a quarter this year?

          • tutimes

            I’m not mad at my team at all, it is what it is, and I’ve accepted that. They’re doing better, and that’s a start. Again, they’re in a much better situation currently than your team.
            Oh wow, you dropped 50 against one of the worst teams in the East last season in one quarter. Am I supposed to be dazzled? How did those 27 wins sit at the end of the day?

          • Guest

            Not too well, but the end result was the same as for your team: out of the playoffs.

          • Stevealot

            If it’s easy,
            When did your team do it?
            If we are so bad,
            Why haven’t you dropped 50 on us.
            You are typical loser mentality.

            At the end of the day?!!
            At the end of the day we have 27 wins AND 16 CHAMPIONSHIPS!

            You had your fun,
            Now GTFO

          • tutimes

            The Suns dropped 50 points against Denver in the first quarter of a game in 1990. Then in the same game put up 57 in the second quarter, which they still hold records for.

            Hey, I get it man, knowing your team is re-building sucks, especially when you’re used to them re-loading. This year is going to be even worse, get ready for 24-58, because it’s coming. The Lakers are so far removed from contention, it’s obvious that it hurts your feelings, so I’m not taking your angst personally. At least you have those 16 championships to ease your aggravation.

            Enjoy living in the past, because that’s all your team is good for now.

          • Guest

            At least one team has championships to remember. The other team?

          • SirHambone

            You just mad! 16 for Lakers! ? Suns

          • tutimes

            Again, those championships are distant memories. What have the Lakers done lately? Exactly, not a damn thing. You guys are worse than Celtics fans, and they have one more ring than you do. Only they don’t harp on ancient history nearly as much.

          • Kids

            You guys should just shut the fuck up as everyone knows you can’t ball better than any NBA player. Learn to appreciate the sport and keep your mouth shut.

          • tutimes

            You do realize the Suns balled your Lakers up last season, three games to one, right?

          • SirHambone

            Know the meaning of ancient before you use it. The thought of the Suns winning is ancient.

          • tutimes

            Good one! You’re so witty

          • Guest

            That 1993 series was hardly an ass-whooping. The eighth-seeded Lakers almost swept the one-seeded Suns. The Lakers even had a chance to win Game 5. If only the current coach made that last second shot at the end of regulation.

          • tutimes

            Go back and read what I said initially; I said Barkley whooped the Lakers ass that series, which he did in every game. You guys were one win away and couldn’t finish the job. The Lakers blew it.

          • Guest

            “Exactly, they ain’t shit no more.”

            In street talk dialect, that means the Lakers aren’t shit anymore. But I believe you meant otherwise.

          • SirHambone

            Not right now. But as always, we will be back.

          • tutimes

            The Lakers won’t be back because they lost their luster. They can’t attract top-talent anymore, and they can’t hang on to the top-talent they did have. Then when Kobe retires, it’s going to be really ugly in tinsel town. It already is when people care more about the Clippers.

          • tutimes

            You’re really going to correct my grammar? Lol ok, well there’s quite a few of your fellow Laker fans who could use some spelling and grammar corrections a little more than me.

    • BULL

      lol im with you Wayner .. I don’t care if we barely make it .. if we are coached right and fight hard ..it will be a season to remember .. we all know this team is not the best .. there is no way we cant play right and fight .. we can lose, for not being a talented as the best but I refuse to lose by not being coached and giving your all ..

      • joshhh

        I respect that someone who accepts

    • joshhh

      im just curious to know how old r u and r u a girl or boy

  • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

    There was a rumor of something like that way back 2012, now that Magic said it, it makes a lot of sense. Although, I am not a big Byron Scott fan, I admire what he has done in New Jersey, taking them all the way to the finals twice with the lineup of Jason Kidd, Kenyon Martin, Richard Jefferson… not the strongest of a lineup, but they played like a solid and cohesive team. Looking at the roster of that team, and comparing it to this years’ Lakers’ roster, IMO we do have a better team constitution. I am excited to see how the season plays out. I get this feeling that many are going to be surprised and find themselves eating crow by all star break.

    Go Lakers!!!

    • tutimes

      Those Nets teams were way better than you remember; don’t sleep on Keith Van Horn and Kerry Kittles either. They had a solid starting 5 back then. Can’t say the same about this Lakers team. Not to mention all of those Nets players were in the prime, or near the prime, of their careers. The same can’t be said about Kobe, Nash, or even Boozer for that matter.

      • Tom

        He’s not saying or comparing these Lakers to that Nets team. What he means is that he did a good job with that Nets team.

        • tutimes

          Uh, he literally said “looking at the roster of that (Nets) team and COMPARING it to this years’ Laker roster…” Lol, that’s called a comparisson.
          Byron Scott did do a good job with those Nets team, no question. They were hands down the most talented teams he’s coached, from top to bottom.

      • Bulls Fan Remember 93

        Lakers are way better than you are given them credit for.

        • tutimes

          How much better can they possibly be from last year? That team won 27 games, and they had Gasol and Kaman. This team is going to have Boozer and Sacre; you’re looking at 25 wins, if you’re lucky. I’m going to enjoy watching the train wreck.

          • Joey Torres

            yeah you’re right but all the injuries and MDA as a head coach that’s the difference this year better head couch and a really good team.

          • tutimes

            Is Byron Scott really that much better than Mike D’antoni, though? I’m really not sure how much of a difference he’s going to make; it feels on-par with the hiring of Mike Brown. The only difference is Byron Scott has a history with the franchise, and is loved by the fans. Don’t get me wrong, I love Byron Scott, but he’s only as good as the talent he’s coaching.

            I think Kobe will play well, and do well individually, but this team is going to struggle to win games. And that’s if he can stay healthy, because it seems like this achilles injury led to other problems. Boozer is a downgrade from Gasol, and doesn’t make anyone around him better, and the rest of these guys are role players. There’s nothing wrong with being optimistic, and staying positive, but the Lakers are in straight rebuild mode. That doesn’t change unless you hire the best coach in the game, and put a solid supporting cast around Kobe. Lakers fans should know ’cause ya’ll saw it before with the 2005-2006 season.

          • joshhh

            WTF? r u saying ur talking like boozer and sacre r the only 2 big men on the team ur missing like 4 more guys and sacre is not gonna even play he’s gonna be a reserve so what the hell r u talking about and Kaman only played games like 40 -50 games lastseason

          • tutimes

            Boozer and Sacre are pretty much going to be your starting 4 and 5, and they’re basically replacing who you had last year at those positions. Sacre and Hill will probably battle for the starting 5, what a snooze of a competition that will be.

          • SirHambone

            Injuries dummy! Gasol was one of them

          • Guest

            That may be the only thing you’ll enjoy this season.

        • joshhh

          ur right someway bryon scott is the perfect coach for this team cuz he’s good with rebuilding teams and young pg’s he’s good at developing young players but overall when u rank him scott is a good coach a decent coach not a great coach but a good coach greg popavich is a great coach phil is a great coach doc is a great coach larry brown who by the way is the greatest coach of all time and if anyone disagrees with me u don’t know bball. so overall the lakers r moving slowly in the right direction wit this hire

          • tutimes

            If you think Byron Scott is great with rebuilding teams and developing young talent, take a look at what he did in Cleveland. Bryon Scott is only as good as the talent that he coaches. He doesn’t make anyone better, and he doesn’t do a great job of developing young players. And this is coming from someone who loves Byron Scott.

      • Bulls Fan Remember 93

        They have Healthy Kobe+Randle+Boozer+Lin+Swaggy P+Davis+Hill that’s not so bad it’s middle ground for about 38-45 Wins.You’re acting like they are going to win 10 games and shit.

        • tutimes

          You just mentioned a Kobe Bryant in the twilight of his career, a potentially good rookie (Randle), Nick Van Excel 2.0 (Swaggy P), and a bunch of role players. Oh, and a guy who was good once upon a time in Utah, but averaged career lows last season (Boozer). Did you guys get a center yet? It looks like Sacre is about to be your starting 5, pathetic!

          The Lakers are looking like a 30-win team right now, if they’re lucky; thanks for that first round pick, by the way. It’ll be a lottery pick for sure.

          • joshhh

            it’s called hill will be our starting 5 do u even know what’s been going on for like the last 3 months cuz it sounds like ur lost did u know that melo was a free agent this offseason and he might of gone to the lakers hahahah (SARCASM)!!!!!!1

          • tutimes

            Oh, I forgot about Jordan Hill. Even then, that’s not saying much because he’s a true PF, and when you have a 6’10″ guy whose natural position isn’t the 5 and he’s your starting 5, you’re in trouble. Like I said, I’m going to have a great time watching the train wreck!

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

            then I dare you to be in this blog once the season starts…. i have met people like you many times… almost always disappears when we are winning… and appearing like mushrooms when we are losing… i bet you are a closet Lakers fan…

          • Badazztj12

            Wait dont you mean the opposite way around? lol

          • tutimes

            I’ll definitely be here during the season, just get used to me saying “I told you so”.

            Definitely not a Lakers fan, but I do love me some Magic Johnson, and Byron Scott too. After I saw your posts, I couldn’t resist not responding.

          • Lakers Realist

            Might as well not watch the season then because you’ll be surprised by the team that shows up. A Byron Scott led Lakers squad with Kobe is going to be lightyears better than that zombie squad that was out there last season.

          • tutimes

            I applaud you for your optimism, but the game has passed Byron Scott by, and Kobe is in the twilight of his career. Not to mention they went from Gasol to Boozer. There’s no way this team does better than last year’s.

          • Lakers Realist

            Well remember that you said those words when they’re breaking expectations next season. It’s not going to be a championship year in all likelihood, but it’s certainly going to be better than last and every Lakers fan should be rooting for a first round matchup with the Rockets to face Dwight. There’s no way Kobe is losing to him after his embarrassing stint and exit from here.

          • tutimes

            I applaud the optimism, but there’s no way the Lakers can possibly be better when the only upgrade they’ve made this offseason was Jeremy Lin over Kendall Marshall.

          • SirHambone

            You count bad. A healthy Bryant, Lin, Randle, Clarkson and Boozer, who can still put up decent numbers. Defense could be better. But most of all, if Kobe is ready, we will be in the playoffs! And Sacre will not play a part in it. He is weak/

          • tutimes

            Healthy Bryant for how long? Until his old body breaks down a month or two into the season? And Lin sucks, Randle is unproven, and Clarkson? Don’t make me laugh, dude. Boozer averaged career lows last season, and is a shell of himself. This isn’t a playoff team, you’re just being overly optimistic.
            Get ready for 24-58.

          • Guest

            If the Lakers land in the lottery and get a Top 5 pick, then the pick reverts to the Lakers. But then, you’d enjoy that.

            Anyway, unless the Rockets implode, the Lakers will keep the first round pick from the Lin trade.

          • Dano

            You’re a faggot troll

  • 3339

    Surprised Dr. Buss didn’t call him that offseason and tell him that Phil was leaving after 2011 and that Byron would get the job.
    Glad he has the job now though. Perfect attitude for us and I can see him asking Kareem, Magic etc to work with the guys as well.

  • Ttkin

    He just said he hadnt told byron scott about this and then said he called him back then to tell him he took the job too early. Typical magic runnin his mouth.

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  • joshhh

    your right someway bryon scott is the perfect coach for this team cuz he’s good with rebuilding teams and young pg’s he’s good at developing young players but overall when u rank him scott is a good coach a decent coach not a great coach but a good coach greg popavich is a great coach phil is a great coach doc is a great coach larry brown who by the way is the greatest coach of all time and if anyone disagrees with me u don’t know bball. so overall the lakers r moving slowly in the right direction wit this hire

    • tutimes

      I love Byron Scott, but he’s not the answer. He’s also not a good coach to have during a rebuild, or with developing young PG’s. Look at his stint in Cleveland if you need evidence of that. He was a good coach for Chris Paul and that Hornets team, but it’s not exactly like CP3 needed Scott to elevate his game, it was already there. In New Jersey, Byron Scott had a veteran Jason Kidd in his prime, no development needed.

      What are you 10 years old? Larry Brown isn’t even in the same conversation as Greg Popovich (not Popavich) or Phil Jackson. He’s coaching college basketball because he couldn’t hack it in New York or Charlotte, and he’s not doing so well at SMU either. This just shows how much you know about the game of basketball. You need to get your head outta your ass, kiddo.

      • Badazztj12

        You going by what he did in Cleveland. What was the man suppose to do with no talent besides Kyrie and Anderson(who was injury prone during his years). Everyone is not a Phil or Pop and could make a team a instant contender. We went for what was best for the team.

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

          People have amnesia when things dont suit their taste… Lakers all day!!!

        • tutimes

          I brought up the Cleveland example because that’s almost the same situation Scott is going to be dealing with in LA; a re-building team. The only dfference is he has an over-the-hill Kobe Bryant and better role players than he had in Cleveland. You think the results are going to be that much better? You’re dreamin’, man.

      • Stevealot

        You are more concerned with spelling
        Than championships.

        • tutimes

          You’re being so cool.

          • Stevealot

            I’m from L.A.
            Where things prosper.
            We have beaches, mountains, and we supply a lot of produce for the World Market.
            Arizona is where things go to die.
            So stay there

          • tutimes

            Yeah because nothing and no one dies on the streets of East LA, South Central, Watts, and Compton. I agree, there’s a lot of prospering going on in those parts.

            Nothing and no one live forever, even in California. That’s one thing you can’t escape no matter where you live. Keep thinking you’re superior all you want, I could care less.

          • SirHambone

            If you could care less then why are you here. Your idiotic negative comments are amusing as you represent the JEALOUS! Your Suns have always been bottom feeders. Lakers rebuild in 3 to 5, all the time! Thanks for showing us you JEALOUS IDIOTS exist!

          • tutimes

            I read the article about what Magic had to say about Byron, that’s what I’m doing here. Suns always been bottom feeders? Certainly not when we kicked your ass in the Playoffs, and ran the division. What has your team done lately?

          • Guest

            2010.

          • SirHambone

            You had one good season, wow. I apologize. You guys have to be proud. Especially since your team has historically been a losing organization. Your organization has absolutely no idea of how to build a championship team. And as a fan you must find teams that had a season that you are accustomed to and try to make yourself feel better. I know buddy, it will be alright!

          • tutimes

            The Suns have plenty of good seasons, but they hail in comparisson to what the Lakers have done. They’re on the right track now, after being set back following the 2010 season. The GM that we have now does know how to build a championship team, and he built the one that beat the Lakers in ’08.

          • SirHambone

            What championship team has he built. And 08? The Suns did not win the championship that year. See, you just proved what I said. You are so use to losing that if you have a better season than a winning team like the Lakers then you feel you won the championship. That’s cool, if it makes you feel good.

          • tutimes

            I was referring to the championship team he helped build with the Celtics; Ryan McDonough was the assistant GM over there in Boston at the time. Did you already forget they’re the team that beat the Lakers and won it all in ’08? Or did you not jump on the Lakers bandwagon just yet?

            He’s been part of a franchise that won the ‘Ship in recent years, and knows what it takes. Now he’s the GM for the Suns, hence why I said they’re on the right track with him at the helm.

            And no I don’t feel like my team won the championship when they have a better season than the Lakers, but it’s definitely something positive I took from last season.

          • SirHambone

            Okay well say that he was a helper. He was an assistant who ultimately has very little to say about what is done. So ultimately he has not built anything!

          • tutimes

            He’s had enough experience to know what it takes working under Ainge, and being with that organization for 10 years. Anyone would learn a lot, and he had a lot to do with drafting Perkins and Rondo, who were vital to the success of that championship team. I’m sure he helped accomplish a lot of things that Ainge gets the credit for. That’s how it works.
            My point was he’s been around and knows what it takes to win the big one. Which is something Phoenix hasn’t had in any of their GM’s before. They’re on the right track, hate it or love it.

          • tutimes

            I said I could care less about this idiot Stevealot thinking he’s superior because he’s from LA. I’m here because this is America, and I can do whatever the hell I want, deal with it, bitch.

          • SirHambone

            You dream of winning a title don’t you! Keep Dreaming Arizona Asshole! Keep dreaming!

          • tutimes

            Whatever you say, California Cunt. Whatever you say.

    • LALfan Kosharek

      I think Scott will excel here compared to the other teams. He’s got more to prove, Laker pride, and both good/bad experiences to learn from. I don’t know of another coach available that has all that.

  • LALfan Kosharek

    Byron Scott + Every player with a chip on his shoulder + A return to “Laker basketball” = An Exciting Combination.

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