The Los Angeles Lakers continued their coaching search yesterday by interviewing former Laker Byron Scott.
Sources: Lakers interviewed Byron Scott for vacant head coaching position yesterday.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) May 22, 2014
Scott, who won three championships with the Lakers in 1985, 1987, and 1988, has been a Head Coach in the NBA for three different teams over the course of his career. Scott’s first coaching job was with the New Jersey Nets, where he lead them to two straight finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. Scott’s Nets teams were swept in both series, first by the Lakers and then by the San Antonio Spurs.
Scott then moved on New Orleans Hornets, where he helped develop Chris Paul and won Coach of the Year in 2008. His third job came as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Scott took over that job the year after LeBron James bolted for Miami, which is a big reason why he was unsuccessful in Cleveland. Then again, who is successful in Cleveland?
Scott’s career record as a Head Coach is 416-521, which clearly isn’t anything to call home about. Scott has also been known for losing locker rooms and not getting the best out of his teams in big situations. However, he is part of the “Lakers family” and may be the frontrunner at this point in the coaching search.
While Scott’s record may not be sparkling, he does have a lot of connections throughout the league and a good relationship with some of the league budding superstars, including Kyrie Irving.
Byron Scott spent last year as an analyst for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.