Author: Kurt Helin

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Lakers’ coach Byron Scott to miss at least next two Lakers games


Lakers’ head coach Byron Scott will miss at least the next couple Lakers’  games as the team heads out on a five-game road trip to attend the funeral of his mother.

Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News has the details.

Lakers coach Byron Scott will stay in Southern California during the first part of the team’s five-gametrip this week both in Oklahoma City (Tuesday) and Minnesota (Wednesday) to attend the funeral of his mother, Dorothy. She passed away last Sunday at the age of 72.

Scott plans to rejoin on Thursday in time to coach games in Toronto (Friday), Brooklyn (Sunday) and Philadelphia (Monday). Lakers assistant coach Paul Pressey, will serve as the acting head coach during Scott’s absence.

Scott’s mother should be proud of the son she raised. Taking on what was a challenging job before a rash of injuries came, Scott has handled himself professionally and with class. As he has in his previous stops (where there has been more success on the court). This has been a rough season to be the Lakers’ coach, but he has weathered that as best as anyone could hope.

Scott said his mother would have been proud.

“She was telling me for years that it would happen,” said Scott, who played 11 of his 14 NBA seasons with the Showtime Lakers where he won three championships. “So she was a big basketball fan. She was really excited.”

Our thoughts go out to the Scott Family.

Tributes from other players pour in as Steve Nash announces retirement

Los Angeles Lakers' Nash is interviewed before head coach D'Antoni makes his debut as Lakers' new coach in NBA basketball game against Brooklyn Nets in Los Angeles

You’d by hard-pressed to find a player more respected and better liked than Steve Nash.

Meaning it was not a surprise that in the hours after he announced he was retiring from the NBA the tributes poured in from other players past and present.

And it wasn’t just athletes, the Canadian Prime Minister got in on the act.

Stephen Curry hits ridiculous falling shot, even for Stephen Curry (VIDEO)

Utah Jazz v Golden State Warriors

At this point, if Stephen Curry takes a shot we all just expect it to go in.

But even for Curry, this falling shot is impressive. He gets the ball at the arc out on the left wing and Dante Exum knew to get out there and contest any three, so as Exum came out Curry put the ball on the floor and drove. Exum trailed him and (accidentally) tripped him. Curry shot as he was going down and, well, he can’t miss.

Curry finished with 24 points in Golden State’s 106-91 win.