January 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott speaks with point guard Kyrie Irving (2) and Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Sources: Byron Scott Leader For Lakers Coach Role


With the Lakers themselves are still surprisingly mum on their coaching search to date, the rumors and rumblings from around the league are starting to break through. According to Sam Amico of Fox Sports Ohio, Byron Scott is the leader in the clubhouse for the role of next Lakers head coach.

Scott is reportedly one of the only candidates to receive a second interview with the Lakers. A former Laker player himself, Scott is a fan favorite and a familiar face for Lakers fans. After bringing in perceived outsiders in their previous two hires, Scott is certainly part of the Laker family.

However, his credentials are questionable, having been fired multiple times and only succeeding in a talent depleted Eastern Conference in the early 2000s. However, he’s close friends with star Kobe Bryant and having kept a relationship with soon-to-be free agent Kyrie Irving, making his recruiting potential even more enticing.

Among others considered for the job are Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, and Lionel Hollins.

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  • J Taylor

    In NYC Byron needed a strong staff….
    can we hope to have Rambis, Hollins, and Gentry as Assistants?

  • CLM

    Please tell me what’s questionable about Scott’s credentials? In 2 years in NJ – he took the Nets from 31 wins in 99-00 to back2back NBA Finals in 02-03 and 03-04, winning 52 and 49 games respectively and if I’m not mistaken, the Nets are “still” in an even weaker eastern conference, but have they been anywhere close to the Finals since?

    In New Orleans, with that pitiful and dysfunctional ownership group and with the team bouncing back & forth from New Orleans to OKC for 2 seasons after Katrina, he took them from 18 wins in 04-05 to 56 wins in 07-08 and 49 wins in 08-09 and the furthest they’ve ever been in the playoffs.

    Lastly, I don’t think it’s even necessary to discuss Cleveland – just look at that huge mess Dan Gilbert has made there – no coach could succeed during that time and under Gilbert’s leadership.

    Look, I agree – B. Scott is not the 2nd coming of Phil Jackson, Red Auerbach, Pat Riley or Greg Popovich, but we, intelligent and informed NBA fans, would respect your commentary more if you left your personal biases on the sidelines and write fair, informative, insightful and substantive columns, not the same warmed over, popular drizzle that every “so-called” NBA expert is writing nowadays!

    • V.lawrence

      I would prefer Lionel Hollins. I see a coach that took a small market team with no super stars and molded them into one of the most feared teams in the western conference. He had no three point shooters and went to the WC finals a year ago. He wasn’t fired, his contact was not renewed and not because of what the team did or didn’t do. I’m so sick of hearing about Byron Scott being friends with Kobe…! What makes anyone believe that Scott would not just do whatever To please Kobe while everyone else stands around looking. We’ve seen this before. I hope the hire Hollins….!!!

  • Asian Jerry West

    Here’s what wrong with Scott, when things went south with the Cavs (that’s the other thing, why did things go bad with the Cavs, if Byron is such a good coach things don’t go south) Scott “blamed” the players and didn’t take responsibility first, didn’t point the finger to himself and that ‘we” need to do better….when you “blame” the players without taking personal responsibility you lose your players, your team.
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    No one else is even close!