For what seems like months now, the Los Angeles Lakers have been the only NBA team without a head coach. That, however, could soon change, as the team has finally gotten with the program and offered the gig to Byron Scott.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Byron Scott their head coaching job. The two sides are now in negotiations.
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It’s been assumed for some time that Scott would eventually get first dibs at the opportunity, but the Lakers held out with the thought that they’d allow one of their top free agent targets to help with the decision if they signed. Obviously that never panned out, and now the team has set its sights on Scott.
Not only is Scott a great coach, but he also has history with the team. He played with the Lakers during for the first 10 seasons of his NBA career, playing a significant role on their three championship teams during that time span. He returned to the Lakers during the 1996-97 season, acting as a veteran mentor to young, up-and-coming players such as Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
What makes this an even better fit is that Scott has Bryant’s stamp of approval. It’s been believed that the Lakers’ star shooting guard would have to approve the new head coach before a deal could be struck. Their playing days together helped Bryant and Scott build a strong bond, which obviously helped influence this decision.
Scott was away from coaching in 2013-14 after being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers following the previous season, but should have no trouble coming in and helping the Lakers rebuild. He won’t have too many weapons to work with, but should be able to begin molding youngsters like Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson into capable starters.
A deal isn’t yet done, but all indications are Scott will accept. At that time, the Lakers will finally have a head coach in place and can begin looking toward what will certainly be a rebuilding year in 2014-15.