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Lakers interviewed Byron Scott

May 22, 2014, 12:22 PM EDT

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Scott gives instructions to his team during their NBA basketball game against New York Knicks in New York Reuters

Good news, Lakers fans.

Sometimes, teams with coaching vacancies keep their candidates closely guarded until they’ve selected a favorite. Only then will the public hear about the preferred choice, often through a leaked report about the top candidate interviewing or negotiating or going through some other step in the process.

But that’s not the case with the Lakers and Mike Dunleavy. Los Angeles is interviewing other candidates and not hiding it.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

According to a person familiar with the interview said Kupchak has also talked to Byron Scott

Thursday on SiriusXM NBA Radio Scott confirmed the interview, but said little else.

“I mean, it is true, I did interview with the Lakers.  I talked to Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss and had a great time talking with those guys.  Obviously I go way back with Mitch, teammates for a while and won a couple of championships together, so it was good.  That’s basically all I can tell you.  It was good, I had a lot of fun talking to them.  Hopefully we’ll be talking again soon and we’ll see what happens.”

Dunleavy might be stale, but Scott isn’t expiring inspiring himself. Not having to settle for Dunleavy isn’t such a great outcome if Scott is the alternative.

Scott guided the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals, had a down-and-up-and-down tenure in New Orleans and then struggled in Cleveland. Is he trending downward – perhaps seeing his coaching skills go out of date as the NBA evolves – or is he a good coach who had bad players recently?

As usual, the truth probably sits between. Scott is not as good a coach as he appeared to be with the Nets and not as bad as he appeared to be with the Cavaliers.

But the Lakers can probably do better than a coach who falls in the middle of that spectrum, even if they give the benefit of the doubt to a former player. There’s plenty of time for them to get there.

  1. musician0785 - May 22, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Nobody could’ve coached those cavs

    • kb2408 - May 22, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      I agree. He was expected to turn chicken “stuff” into chicken salad in Cleveland. Judge him on what he did in Jersey.

      • romestar82 - May 22, 2014 at 1:08 PM

        and he only lost in the Finals to a still dominant Shaq and a young Duncan,Gino,TP squad
        The guy can coach !

  2. duhwighthoward - May 22, 2014 at 12:39 PM

    It’s going to be a long rebuild. They should hire him in a couple years after Kobe has retired.

    • couldntthinkofaname - May 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

      I don’t really have a comment except to give you props on a great posting name. LOL Love it, Duhwight!

    • kb2408 - May 22, 2014 at 12:57 PM

      That’s dumb. Why? The LAKERS aren’t going to win the title within the next 2 yrs anyway. Might as well let Byron get in and get to work.

      • duhwighthoward - May 22, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        That’s what I’m trying to say. These next two seasons will be a waste of his time.

  3. sportsfan18 - May 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM

    Well… the Lakers did interview and hire Mike Brown… (uh, strike one)

    Then… the Lakers did interview and hire Mike D’Antoni… (strike two)

    Now… the Lakers… ah the heck with it… (Strike three and they’ll remain out of the playoffs next year too)

  4. romestar82 - May 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Bring him home!

  5. realfootballfan - May 22, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    If the Lakers are smart, they fax him the contract and stop looking. He’d be a perfect fit, especially if they can get a young point guard for him to groom. How’s his relationship with Kyrie Irving, hmmm? And oh yes Cleveland, it’s going to happen to you again, lol.

  6. stephenolszewski - May 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Cavs fan here I liked Byron felt he didn’t get enough time, he can actually help develop talent hence why Kyrie had his best seasons with Byron and helped develop Dion. It’s just too bad Chris Grant didn’t get him more players to work with. Plus could’ve had Drummond and Klay Thompson instead of Dion and Tristan

  7. campcouch - May 22, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    ah yes,introducing the new coach of the Los Angeles…Kobe and Steve Nash!

  8. jimsjam33 - May 23, 2014 at 10:23 AM

    Hire Scott ! Keep the job in the family . At least Laker fans can like their coach from the start and he will have the backing of the entire Laker nation , Win Win sityation .

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