With the Los Angeles Lakers coaching search ongoing, many people believe that 13-year head coach Byron Scott is the leading candidate to take the job. While it may not seem like a splash hire, he is a former Lakers player and he has ties to the organization — as well as blessings from former teammate Magic Johnson who was excited to hear that he interviewed for the job on Friday.
However, Scott did say one thing that resonated in interviews with the media that followed his meeting with the Lakers’ front office.
Everyone knows that the next head coach of the Lakers needs to have a solid relationship with Kobe Bryant — one of the best players in NBA history. Bryant has to approve of the head coach and agree on the direction of the franchise in order for the new man in charge to succeed.
Scott knows that, but this is what he said about Bryant:
“Obviously if I get the job, the first conversation is with Kobe. We have to talk about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. We have to also talk about the type of direction we’re going to be taking and also talk about the type of game that he’s going to be playing because he’s going to have to change his game a little bit and I think he knows that. We gotta sit down and talk about the minutes and things like that.”
Although what he says might be on the minds of many people that Kobe needs to realize that his career in on the back-nine, Scott raised some eyebrows by saying that Kobe needs to change some things.
He is absolutely crazy if he thinks he’s going to get Bryant to change his game at all.
The coaching candidate should have held those words to himself and Kobe if he really wanted to have a good shot at getting the job.
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