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Does Kobe Bryant want Byron Scott to coach the Lakers? “Yep.”

Jul 9, 2014, 8:25 PM EDT

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

Byron Scott has been the front-runner to land the Lakers coaching job from Day 1 — he’s a Buss family favorite who lets the Lakers sell the “we’re going with someone from inside the family” line. (Remember Scott was a shooting guard on the Showtime Lakers and has the rings to prove it.)

The Lakers have left the coaching door open as part of their package to entice free agents, but Scott was always the guy standing in the doorway. Wednesday he got a big endorsement — Kobe Bryant.

Via Dave McMenamin of

Now, if this was 2006 Kobe and he had that kind of sway in the organization, Scott would be hired already. But the Lakers are looking at free agents that can lead them into the future (Carmelo Anthony remains dangling out there, even if there are now serious doubts) and if getting them the coach they want would help, that door is open.

Scott has coached more than 900 NBA games over all or part of 13 seasons, being named NBA coach of the year in 2008 (with Chris Paul and the Hornets) and having led the then New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals in the Jason Kidd era. He’s an old school task master coach (the Pat Riley influence) but one who has been a player and gets that side of it. He struggled with his last job, three seasons in Cleveland trying to develop the Cavaliers talent and never winning more than 24 games.

As usual, in the end Kobe likely gets his way. And that means Scott coaching the Lakers. But that domino likely doesn’t fall until the Anthony one does.

By the way, Kobe said he’s like Anthony as a teammate. Shocking.

  1. kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Guess LeBron ain’t the only one going back home…Welcome home, B. Scott, Showtime is back!!! Well, not quiet, but soon!!

    • kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      *quite* (for you spelling police!)

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        not worried about the spelling…

        rather I’m worried that you think they’ll be back to Showtime “soon”.

        By soon, you mean 4 or 5 yrs right?

      • therealhtj - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

        Still be before Chicago wins anything meaningful.

      • 00maltliquor - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:28 PM

        @ kb

        1)Bron ain’t going back to CLE.

        2)Fxck the spelling police!

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:26 PM


        Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Wilkes, Cooper, McAdoo, Bryron and others…

        THOSE Lakers were awesome.

        From the 79/80 season on, here are their WIN totals

        79/80 60
        80/81 54
        81/82 57
        82/83 58
        83/84 54
        84/85 62
        85/86 62
        86/87 65
        87/88 62
        88/89 57
        89/90 63

        Uh, NOT happening for many yrs again in L.A.

        won’t be this coming season in 14/15

        won’t be in 15/16 either

        now, if the draft well/lucky and get lucky with health, free agents etc… then they may finally get above .500 in the 15/16 season, maybe.

        if all does go well, then they’ll begin to compete for the bottom rung of the playoffs out West in 16/17

        just trying to make the 8th seed is NOT the “Showtime” Lakers of the 80’s…

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:34 PM

        you can’t REALLY think that the Lakers will be like those Showtime teams and average like 58 wins or more a season for 11 or 12 yrs in a row beginning in the next couple of seasons…

        The Showtime era was AMAZING and it was an incredibly HIGH level of ball.

        And you think that the Lakers organization of today will be back to THAT level “SOON”

        you said

        Showtime is back!!!, well not quite, but SOON!!

        define soon please sir. put some time on soon please.

        i think when I said 4 or 5 yrs I was being aggressive and generous. it surely won’t happen in 2 or 3 seasons from now.

      • kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:37 PM

        As I’ve stated previously, the LAKERS have had championship droughts before (the last one was 7 yrs…before Pau came on board), so if it takes a few years, so be it. But I have faith that they will be back on top. Over 3 decades of mostly winning basketball, and 10 titles in that span, earns the franchise a measure of patience from the fanbase.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:00 AM


        I’m NOT saying they won’t get back on top in time.

        I take issue when you said “soon”.

        Soon must mean something different for you than it does to me is all.

        Also, their 30 yr run with Dr. Buss was incredible and won’t be duplicated. The new CBA is much different than before.

        Dr. Buss is not around. Just BECAUSE they had an OUTSTANDING 30 yr run in the past does NOT guarantee that they’ll have a great run in the near future.

        The Knicks don’t have a great history like the Lakers or the Celtics but even being in NYC has been NO guarantee for them.

        Simply being in L.A. will be no guarantee for the Lakers. That they had a fabulous 30 yr run with Dr. Buss is no guarantee they’ll experience that again. They won’t, not that good for that long.

        I respected the Lakers greatly. I went to high school from 81 to 85 and college from 85 to 89.

        I paid attention to their ENTIRE Showtime era due to my age and loving and playing sports (with no wife bugging me or kids to take care of either).

        But that Showtime era is not coming back soon sir.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:14 PM

      I guess that means David Blatt is the Lakers next coach.

    • thetooloftools - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:41 PM

      Showtime is DEAD. Get over it.

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:03 AM

        Showtime was a once in a lifetime type of team. But one thing for sure is that the Lakers will be back on top eventually. They always manage to. It may not happen for KB again before he retires but some how it will happen. Always has always will

  2. jimsjam33 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:46 PM

    What are the Lakers waiting for ?

    • mazblast - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:24 PM

      Errand boy Kupchak hasn’t figured out how to print a contract yet. He’s too busy calling Kobe every 10 minutes–“May I offer a contract to…? May I go to the bathroom? May I park your car? May I carry your bags, Your Kobeness?”

  3. thomaskouns - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:50 PM

    Despite the ads, media hype etc – at some point the Lakers need to move on and build for the future.

    KB is a top 15 all-time player but at 36 if you think you need to cater to him and not consider the ‘big-picture’ Lakers fans are not thinking clearly Kobe or no Kobe.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:49 PM

      That time isn’t now. Lakers fans are genuinely clamoring to see a Kobe return. I think they’re masochistic. As if watching him chuck over the last 4 years wasn’t torturous enough.

    • smoothaswilkes - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:09 PM

      Don’t confuse Lakers fans with Kobe fans. There are plenty of us Lakers fans that understand that the Lakers need to rebuild and not reload – rebuilding takes time and that’s not something those fools or Kobe want to hear. Besides Kobe’s extension is going to hamstring the franchise anyway. Might as well load up on young, cheap talent until they are ready for their next big free agent. Personally, I can’t wait for Kobe to retire so all the Kobe fans will jump off the Lakers’ bandwagon.

      • ghelton03 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        Don’t blame Kobe for accepting the first offer that Lakers made. It’s not like Kobe demanded more. He took the first offer. As Kobe said, “they made an offer and I said yes”.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:26 PM

        @ghelton03 where did I blame Kobe? He was offered and he accepted. I have no problem with that. All I said is that until he comes off the books, they are a bit hamstrung in terms of the cap.

      • kb2408 - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:49 PM

        Exactly, @ghelton03…we never heard or read that Kobe demanded anything from the LAKERS. Now, honestly would I have been pleased had he taken 10-15 million and left enough money on the table for the LAKERS to sign two max players (Melo & LBJ)? Yes! However, I don’t fault the players for getting all that they can get! NBA careers are short! I have been a loyal LAKERS fan since 1978 and I’m not mad at Kobe for “accepting” the money that was “given” to him. If the LAKERS don’t win another title over Kobe’s last couple of years, and he retires with “only” 5, it is his legacy on the line. I am just a fan. I loved the LAKERS before Kobe and I will love them way after Kobe has retired.

      • smoothaswilkes - Jul 11, 2014 at 12:28 PM

        Seems like neither of you read what I said, but don’t let that stop you from over-defending something Kobe-centric. It’s like your proving my point about Kobe fans vs Lakers fan. Thanks for that. Validation feels pretty good, haha.

  4. patfic5 - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Paying him like he’s 2006 Kobe….

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:02 PM

      While he hasn’t played a full season since what seems like 2006

      • 5xchamp24 - Jul 10, 2014 at 6:06 AM

        The money was a thank you for all youve done

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        He played 78 of 82 games in 2012-13, 58 of 66 games in 2011-12, 82 of 82 games in 2010-11, 73 of 82 games in 2009-10, 82 of 82 games in 2008-09, 82 of 82 games in 2007-08, 77 of 82 games in 2006-07, and 80 of 82 games in 2005-06.

  5. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Meh… muh… grandma meh muh

  6. realfootballfan - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    They should have already hired him, but the Lakers don’t particularly do much that makes any sense these days.

    • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:39 PM

      Never underestimate Showtime Lakers style. But Showtime needs real stars like Magic, James Worthy, etc, and those guys don’t come a dime a dozen. Hence, if you want Showtime you need cable tv.

  7. antistratfordian - Jul 9, 2014 at 9:44 PM

    I hope Buss learned his lesson. If Kobe gives the thumbs up on a coach, go in another direction.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:24 PM

      Yeah Phil Jackson really didn’t work out for the Lakers

      • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

        Instead we should listen to Buss and hire guys like Rudy Tomjanovich, Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:52 PM

        That’s the thing. Jackson certainly did work out for the Lakers. And when it came down to PJ or D’Antoni, Kobe chose D’Antoni.

      • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 4:57 PM

        You keep spreading that lie, Kobe was never asked to choose D’antoni over Phil, That was all Jimmy Buss. They asked Kobe what he thought of the guy and he told them……to keep insinuating that Kobe would choose D’antoni over the guy who got him every ring he has, goes to show how far your willing to go to hate. I know you dont like the guy but lets try and only use FACTS

  8. ghelton03 - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:26 PM

    Have Lakers thrown on the towel? Whole idea on waiting to sign coach was to put together the team, then get the right coach. I get the feeling that Lakers don’t think they are going to put together a team and are moving on to getting a coach they want for the future.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:25 PM

      Don’t forget to bring a towel

  9. kb2408 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:01 AM

    The next two years are the Kobe Farewell Tour. Any rational LAKERS fan can see that. Even if they were to get Melo it still wouldn’t be a championship team. That’s why I won’t be heartbroken if he stays in New York or goes elsewhere. Why give a 30 yr old player a max contract when you still won’t win a title? Kobe will retire with 5 rings and the LAKERS have won a title in every decade except for the 90’s. Those accomplishments aren’t too shabby. Hopefully Randle is a nice building block for the future.

    • skins26portis - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:21 AM

      I hope the Lakers are putting all their chips on the Rookie Randle being a superstar . If they are then they are truly lost as a franchise . He will be a decent role player at best . He doesn’t have star power like the Holllywood fan base are use to . The celebrity Lakers fans will be buying
      Laker tickets cause they bandwagon fans anyway .

  10. enigma2742 - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:33 AM


    • skins26portis - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:16 AM

      Of course he will enjoy the money cause that’s what it’s always about in sports . It’s a business first and you will never see a pro athlete I play for free. Anyone that really believed that Melo will leave the Knicks who can pay him $122 million is a fool. Melo ain’t going no where and leave that much on the table.
      As for the coach less Lakers they can’t even agree in the Front Office who to hire. How quickly they have fallen as a franchise . The Clippers run LA now . The Purple and Gold are not relevant anymore . They are a good punch line though.

      • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

        Relevance is such an overused word by morons who don’t know what it means….If they weren’t relevant there wouldn’t be an article about the team and It’s star player with 2 pages of comments and trolls like you telling us how they aren’t relevant.

  11. skins26portis - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:23 AM

    Byron Scott will be the next coach that Kobe gets fired when he throws him under the bus.

    • musician0785 - Jul 10, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      You mean rg3 style?

  12. shaner329 - Jul 10, 2014 at 1:27 AM

    Did you mean “he likes Anthony as a teammate” or “he’s like Anthony as a teammate”? Because I would agree with the second one

  13. lakerade - Jul 10, 2014 at 3:27 AM

    Sure. Byron. Fine.

    Kobe, though. Don’t sleep on Kobe.

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