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Report: Lakers finally offer coaching position to Byron Scott, deal expected soon

Jul 25, 2014, 2:22 PM EDT

The Lakers fired Mike D’Antoni back on April 30 and since then watched most of the NBA playoffs, the Spurs win the Finals, the NBA Draft, LeBron James go home, the rest of the heart of free agency, and Summer League all go by while they waited.

After all that they decided to go with the guy who was the favorite from April 30th on, the guy that Kobe Bryant wanted from the start.

The Lakers have offered their coaching position to Byron Scott, first reported by Chris Broussard of ESPN. (Since then multiple reports close to the Lakers confirmed this.)

A deal is expected soon, at least in the next couple days.

Other coaches considered and that the Lakers reached out to included George Karl, Lionel Hollins, Derek Fisher, Kurt Rambis, Kevin Ollie and others.

Scott is a former Laker with rings from the Showtime era — the Lakers can sell this as a “return to family” — and has long been a Buss family favorite.

But he’s in a bit of a placeholder position as the Lakers try to rebuild by attracting stars — the Lakers don’t know what kind of team they want to be long term, which is a hard spot to put a coach in.

As a coach Scott guided the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals, but after that had down-and-up-and-down tenures in New Orleans (with Chris Paul) and Cleveland after LeBron James left in 2010. Scott sees himself as a developer of young talent, which is what the Lakers need, although Scott (like most coaches would) has had far more success with veteran rosters.

  1. syem626 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I thought Mike resigned and not get fired.

    • 4thquartermagic - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:28 PM

      Yup. And Kobe is not old and injury prone, he’s experienced and rested now.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:23 PM

      If you’re arguing semantics, yes, he resigned. But the Lakers didn’t really leave him with any choice.

  2. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:38 PM

    Finally- the Lakers express train can get moving. All aboard!! Next stop: 50 losses and a spot in the lottery. Legit though- if they roll out Swaggy P, Boozer and Nash in their starting 5- they will struggle to keep teams under 120 points. It will be fun to watch Kobe lose his mind watching Boozer and Nick Young try to play defense.

  3. seasickcecil - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:40 PM

    Byron got screwed getting the Cavs job and then having Lebron leave. He’s a good egg. Best of luck to him.

  4. rexgrossman8 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Given the NO Hornets quit on Scott in the playoffs, this will not end well.

    And if he’s a Buss family favorite and allegedly a Kobe favorite, why not hire him instead of Brown or D’Antoni? If Clips can trade for Doc, The Lakers could have given the Cavs a few season tix and a luxury suite to the Cavs for Scott.

    Pretty rare to see a coach fired 3 times get another gig. Good for him though. Cant wait for the season to start.

  5. fordmandalay - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:46 PM

    Wouldn’t it be funny if hey FINALLY offered him the job, and he turned it down?

    • therealhtj - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      That actually wouldn’t be the dumbest move for B Scott. Sure it’s his dream gig to coach the Lakers – just not these Lakers.

      He should tell them to call back when they have something resembling an actual NBA roster.

  6. themars211 - Jul 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I don’t get what the big deal about not having a coach in the summer. What exactly does a NBA coach do during the summer? He can’t have contact with players until training camp. I guess its the slow season where everything is overblown to be catastrophic when its not necessarily the case.

    • spursareold - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:07 PM

      Teams draft and sign FAs based on what system they run. No coach? No system.

    • unxpexted1 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:30 PM

      i dont know exactly what a coach does over the summer but i’m sure they arent sitting idle and working on how to run the team. And i’m sure it hurt the lakers big time in free agency not having a coach. What player wants to go to a team without knowing the coach. Pretty rare.

      • themars211 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:51 PM

        One of the reasons they did not hire a coach was so if one of the big name free agents (James, Anthony) wanted input on the coaching hire it was available to them. A marketing tool to be more precise.

  7. csbanter - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:08 PM

    Some Laker fans have this entitlement mentality. L.A. is entitled to the best coach, the best player. Step into the real world, teams have to earn an NBA title.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Oh? And the Lakers haven’t done that before?

    • themars211 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      They have 16 of those titles you are referring to. That’s a lot of “earning”. I would say they have been a very en”title”d franchise.

    • xonxrocket - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:22 PM

      Dumbest comment of the day.

  8. willis56 - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Mike resigned. They did not fire him. Get it right.

  9. acdavis - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    “resigned”. Right…

  10. tampajoey - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:21 PM

    I’m a big Byron Scott fan. Scott will thrive in the right position and the Lakers won’t suck forever so he’ll get a solid opportunity to shine. Definitely a step in the right direction for both. Byron certainly can’t do any worse than Mike Brown or Michael d’Antonio.

  11. antistratfordian - Jul 25, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Wait a minute. This isn’t my world. DISAPPOINTED!!!

  12. jzone954 - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    Solid hire, gonna be a rough patch for the lakers for a little but not forever, ever team goes through it. #RespectMamba

  13. emdawt - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Sad day in Lakerland. The organization had a opportunity to pick someone young or out of the box to manage the next two years and look to the future. Unfortunately, they chose a retread.

  14. addict2sport - Jul 25, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    csbanter, the lakers know all about earning a title. they’ve earned 16 of them.

    • dablakdrphil - Jul 25, 2014 at 6:12 PM

      As recent as 2010 so we’ve earned it

  15. vg777 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:45 AM

    Here is what I don’t get from all the laker hate out there… If D’Antoni was so horrible, wouldn’t having byron scott be worth at least 5 more wins than last year? How about having kobe for 60 games, and not 6? That can’t be worth another 5-7 wins? Actual NBA-Level PG for a full season (Lin) – that’s another couple… I am not saying that lakers will win the championship – far from it! But with that said, they can compete for the last few spots in the playoffs with this roster, and are in a great position to execute trades with all these expiring contracts come mid-season, and swing for the fences in free agency 2015 with potentially 26 million dollar in cap space (if they dont pick J.Hills option).

  16. realfootballfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:04 AM

    They need to get him a young point guard to work with besides Linnsanity, but I expect the Lakers will be greatly improved with him as coach. It’s a win/win because Byron works well with young players and Kobee respects him.

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