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.
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.