By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on July 27, 2014
Byron Scott's return to the Los Angeles Lakers did not come as a surprise to anyone, but that does not mean his reunion with Kobe Bryant will be all sunshine and rainbows. Scott was once a member of the "Showtime" roster, however, his track record as a coach has been spotty at best. Here are five reasons why the head coach will not be a success in his tenure with the team.
Jason Kidd's success with the New Jersey Nets has definitely helped Scott's career. That team is now named the Brooklyn Nets, but it still does not change what happened back in those days. Scott should send Kidd some royalty checks every once in a while, and the Lakers' newest head coach would also not be out of line to praise Chris Paul either.
Did you notice that the Cleveland Cavaliers were a far superior team defensively once Scott left town? That is not a good sign, and it will be interesting to see how the Lakers respond on that end next season with players like Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin. They are both fine players, but they are not going to be praised for their defense any time soon.
He might have had to wait until next season, but I would far rather work for the media again than for the Lakers' coaching staff. Maybe that is just me, however, Scott would have had more success by waiting for a better roster.
The two-year contract extension was more of a legacy deal for the superstar shooting guard. It unfortunately has placed the Lakers in a precarious financial situation, and they are not likely to be a solid roster anymore during Kobe Bryant's tenure. It also does not help that he is coming off an Achilles tear.
We all know the point guard is basically the head coach out on the floor, but the problem for the Lakers is that their floor general has a limited ceiling on his potential. We all saw the best of Jeremy Lin during the lockout-shortened season, and I am not sure we will ever see that player again.
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