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.