Byron Scott would coach anyone, even the Clippers

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nba_scott_small.jpgHere’s how you can tell someone is in full job search mode: They say any job sounds good. Cleaning out portable toilets at an amusement park? Sure, I can see myself doing that. Great chance for advancement.

Coaching the Clippers? Sure, great opportunity.

The second of those is something Byron Scott said on a Los Angeles radio interview Monday. He wants to coach again in the NBA. Badly. Badly enough to take any job.

One some levels the Clippers are a tempting team for a coach: They have some talent with Baron Davis and Chris Kaman, not to mention when Blake Griffin returns he will remind people why he was the number one overall pick. Some decent role players there, too. But the flip side is this is a franchise that never wins, and has an owner more concerned with the bottom line than Ws. Put simply: This is an organization mired in a losing mentality and one coach can’t change that if there are not changes above him.

And for the Clippers, Scott could give them a credibility boost — a former Lakers star who has coached a team all the way to the NBA Finals (Nets) and had some success everywhere he has been.

But Scott isn’t getting the Clippers job anyway. Remember how he lost his team and players in New Orleans (and New Jersey, for that matter)? His first clash of personalities in the Big Easy was with Baron Davis — now the Clippers starting point guard and center of the team. Not sure even the Clippers want to try to reconcile that marriage.

Besides, the job Scott really wants is down the hall in Staples Center anyway. He’d be a bad fit right now for that spot, as well, but that’s another story.

PBT Extra bold prediction previews: Clippers ready to win West?

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With our PBT Extra videos, we are previewing the entire NBA by using bold predictions, starting in the Pacific Division (we already did the Warriors).

Some of those predictions come from fans on Twitter where I had sent out a request, including the bold prediction for the Clippers.

It could happen, they are certainly contenders. But two things need to happen.

The big one is their defense, which was middle of the pack last season, needs to move into the top 10 (and DeAndre Jordan needs to play consistently like a guy who is third in Defensive Player of the Year voting).

Second is the new and improved bench unit of Lance Stephenson, Josh Smith, and Jamal Crawford (he’s not new) need to mesh into a unit. Those are three guys who like to create for themselves and make questionable shot choices, getting them play well with others could be a bumpy road.

Stephen Curry gives high five while his shot is in air (video)

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Stephen Curry said the defending-champion Warriors would have no problem picking up where they left off.

His swagger certainly remains intact.