A lot of other names have come up over the weeks, but Byron Scott was always the Morning Line favorite to get the Lakers’ head coaching job.
For the last two coaches the Lakers’ brain trust went with someone outside the “Lakers family” and neither turned out well. Not that it was all on the coaches, but there is always a belief that going back to people you trust solves problems.
Scott, a Buss family favorite among former Lakers, was one of the first to be interviewed and now he is about to have a second interview, reports Chris Broussard of ESPN. Scott is the first to get a second interview.
That would be the same Byron Scott who said Kobe needed to alter his game at this point in his career.
Scott guided the Nets to back-to-back NBA Finals, had a down-and-up-and-down tenure in New Orleans where he coached Chris Paul, then struggled in Cleveland where he needed to develop players. Scott did well when he had good, veteran talent to coach but has struggled to be as good with younger teams.
What kind of team are the Lakers going to be next season? I’m not even sure Mitch Kupchak has that answer.
But Scott could be the man in the big chair. Because he is Lakers family, after all.
Byron Scott is a good basketball coach. Yes, he is 40-108 in two seasons with Cleveland, but considering he walked into the post-LeBron trash pile that was the Cavaliers roster, that’s not all that bad.
So they are working to keep him beyond this next season, when his deal expires. So reports the News-Herald (via IamaGM.com).
The Cavs have opened dialogue on a contract extension for Scott, who is entering his third season as coach. “We’ll take care of that somewhere down the line,” Scott said. “People ask, ‘Do you really like Cleveland?’ I love it. The perception of Cleveland is it’s the ‘Mistake by the Lake.’ I hope I’m here in the next five years. I enjoy what’s going on.”
Cleveland will want to take care of this before Scott’s contract ends and he becomes a free agent, at that point he likely would have options.
The Cavaliers have a young stud in Kyrie Irving and a couple of young question marks in Dion Waiters and Tristan Thompson. They are rebuilding and it’s a process. But so long as Scott and Irving have a good relationship there is no reason to consider a change.
Byron Scott is a favorite son of Lakers owner Jerry Buss. Scott has openly lusted for the Lakers coaching gig.
The Lakers have an open coaching vacancy, ergo…
No. Don’t go there.
To start with, Scott has a job as the Cavaliers head coach and as the Cleveland Plain Dealer tweeted they are not giving him up.
While B Scott’s name on speculative lists of Lakers coaching candidates, Cavs would not let him go and he has no “out” clause in contract
There is no chance Dan Gilbert would have approved a contract with an out clause to leave his team for a big market power. Think about it. Now, theoretically anything has its price, if the Lakers had some players/picks the Cavs wanted. But, if you think Jerry Buss is giving up future player assets to get a coach, well, I wouldn’t play poker against the man if I were you. (Same goes for his son Jim, who also will be big on this call.)
What’s more, Scott is just not a good fit as a coach, period.
Scott’s system is point guard dependent — he has looked good with Jason Kidd in his prime and Chris Paul — but this would mean an overhaul of the Lakers roster in a big way we’re not sure the Lakers want to make.
Then, if they did hire him, Lakers fans could start the wait for inevitable mutiny of the players to Scott — it happened in New Jersey quite publicly and was part of the reason for his dismissal in New Orleans. Scott is not a long-term answer, if they brought him back they’d just be trying to sell the memories of Showtime again for a few years.