Los Angeles Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Magic Johnson: Jerry Buss wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers


There is an understandable reverence among Lakers fans for Jerry Buss.

The late owner ran the franchise in a top-notch manner, so many of his moves turning to gold.

One that didn’t work, at least how the Lakers hoped: Hiring Mike Brown.

But, according to Magic Johnson, Brown was not Buss’ top choice.

Byron Scott, the Lakers’ newest coach, was.

Johnson, via Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times:

“Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil didn’t know what he was going to do” in 2010, said Johnson.  “Byron took the Cleveland job, and he took it too early.  I called and said: ‘B., you took the job too early.  Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach.”

It all worked out as well as could be reasonably expected for everyone involved.

The post-Jackson Lakers were never talented and healthy enough to win with any significance anyway. Neither Brown nor Scott was going to make a difference.

Scott got an extra year of salary, coaching his first season with the Cavaliers while Jackson completed his final year in Los Angeles. And though his Cleveland teams struggled, that didn’t prevent him from getting the job he wanted all along.

Kevin Durant with huge dunk on visiting Fenerbahce Ulker

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Welcome to America, Fenerbahce Ulker.

The Turkish powerhouse was in America playing some exhibition games this preseason, and they got a first-hand reminder that Kevin Durant is back. KD had 13 points in the Thunder’s easy 111-81 win.

Not to be outdone, Russell Westbrook got in on the act.

Bradley Beal drives around, dunks over Kristaps Porzingis (VIDEO)

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If you’re a Knicks fan, the positive is that at least Kristaps Porzingis tried to make a play.

But he was not going to stop the athletic Bradley Beal with a full head of steam, and the result was a Beal dunking over Porzingis as he tries to block the attempt.

Beal wasn’t sharp, scoring 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting. The Knicks has an efficient Carmelo Anthony and that got them the win.