Lakers Make Byron Scott New Head Coach
The Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t truly start their rebuilding process without a new head coach. Now they can.
According to various reports, the team has agreed to terms on a contract with long-time Laker and veteran NBA head coach, Byron Scott. Scott brings excellent coaching experience to the rebuilding Lakers, as he’s been two two NBA Finals and has years of championship experience from his playing days as a member of the Showtime Lakers.
Scott comes on board with the full support of veteran superstar shooting guard Kobe Bryant, who cited Scott as a mentor when he first came into the league.
“[Byron Scott] was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league,” Bryant said. “We’ve had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years.”
The fact that Bryant backs the hire is good news, as it’s been a topic of conversation over the years that he hasn’t always agreed with some of the coaching hires.
While it looks like a sound hire, Scott is still going to have his work cut out for him in trying to mold this current L.A. roster into a winning club. The Western Conference can be brutal, as we saw a very solid Phoenix Suns team miss out on the playoffs last year, as well as above average teams like the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies barely finish as the eighth and seventh seeds, respectively.
With both of those teams getting even arguably better over the offseason, a team near the bottom of the league like the Lakers were last year may find it mighty difficult to sneak back into the playoff mix.
Not doing so for the second year in a row will be unacceptable for a franchise like the Lakers, however, especially if Kobe Bryant can return to full strength and his previous elite form.
Even if that happens – and it’s a pretty big if – it’s still concerning that the Lakers’ potential starting five could be made up of an aging Steve Nash, Bryant, Nick Young, Carlos Boozer and Jordan Hill. L.A. could also be depending fairly heavily on rookie big man Julius Randle and combo guard Jeremy Lin.
It’s not a recipe for success on paper, but perhaps the Lakers have a few more tricks up their sleeve. They’ll surely need some, but signing a solid, experienced coach like Scott is at least a step in the right direction.
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