Return to Hollywood: Lakers to Hire Byron Scott


LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony are not the only ones looking to return home. Byron Scott is also trying to go back. The former Laker has reportedly been offered the head coaching position and is currently in negotiations. If you’re unfamiliar with Scott he was a three-time NBA Champion with the Showtime Lakers in the 1980s, coached the New Jersey Nets to two NBA Finals appearances and the then New Orleans Hornets to the Western Conference Finals.

The big question is will Kobe Bryant agree on the hire? Kobe has previously said he would love for Scott to be head coach. Scott was Bryant’s mentor during Bryant’s rookie season and the two have remained close. ¬†Bryant has flexed his muscles before, showing Rudy Tomjanovich, Mike Brown and Mike D’Antoni the door for not being effective coaches.

If Scott accepts the job, which barring a major change of heart to play golf all day will happen, there is a lot of work to do. Outside of Bryant and first round pick Julius Randle, the Lakers are a little scarce in the talent department. Hopefully the arrival of Scott will encourage high profile players to join the Purple and Gold again.