Report: Lakers view rest of season as Byron Scott’s tryout

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The Lakers reportedly don’t plan to fire Byron Scott during the season.


Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Will Scott be back? People close to the organization think this season’s final 2½ months are a trial of sorts. It would help Scott’s chances if the young players showed growth and the games were more competitive. There has to be hope, not despair.

What more could the Lakers possibly hope to see from Scott?

They’ve already watched him mismanage D'Angelo Russell‘s development, bother Julius Randle, go far beyond a reasonable line for appeasing Kobe Bryant, oversee the NBA’s worst defense, implement an awful offense and lose 41 of 50 games. There are also a dozen full seasons of previous head-coaching experience to judge plus two other other partial seasons.

If the Lakers are calling this a tryout, it should mostly be politeness for a key player on the championship Showtime teams. I suppose there’s a chance Scott does everything differently the rest of the year, but that seems farfetched at best. After all, in the same article, he says, “I am who I am.”

Let him help keep the top-three-protected first-round pick and then move on.