By winstonharris on July 16, 2014
As the search for the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers seems to be coming to a close, Byron Scott has emerged as the strong favorite. With the recent pick up of Jeremy Lin at point guard, the drafting of Julius Randle, and the return of Kobe Bryant, the Lakers are just missing the leader to put it all together. Here are five reasons why Scott should be the man in the driver's seat for the Lakers.
Byron Scott and his 13 years of NBA coaching could make a difference with the struggling Lakers, especially considering the teams he coached were in similar positions. Even though his coaching record consists of more losses than wins, he's a respected veteran of the game and can use his experiences to lead Los Angeles out of the dark.
Scott was a big-time player back in the day and knows a little something about the "Showtime" that the Lakers are missing. He played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Lakers, so he knows what it means to play and win in Los Angeles. The legacy of 16 championships is something Scott knows all too well.
Mike D'Antoni was a dark cloud over the Los Angeles Lakers, and one of the reasons they've been in the hole they are now. His record of 67-87 with Los Angeles was atrocious, and the usage of Pau Gasol was laughable. Byron Scott could do better by default.
The Lakers and Scott have met for the third time to discuss the possible position. I highly doubt a franchise with the stature of "Lake Show" would invest so much time in a coach they were not going to hire. It is only a matter of time and money before Scott is running the show.
What more could you ask for than your franchise player making his feelings known about the head coaching position? Kobe Bryant has given his approval of Byron Scott and that is a big hurdle that Scott doesn't have to worry about in Los Angeles. If Bryant is backing you, there is a pretty good chance you're in.
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