Is the third time a charm? The Los Angeles Lakers brass will meet with Byron Scott again today in El Segundo.
Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss will meet w/ Byron Scott again tomorrow, according to sources.
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 16, 2014
Are the Lakers finally ready to make a decision on their next head coach? It has seemed likely for awhile now that Scott would get the job with the Lakers. After all, the Lakers have been without a head coach for more than two months now and currently have the only vacancy in the NBA. Heck, they’ve been using Mark Madsen, aka twinkle toes, as the Summer League head coach.
The Lakers brass decided that the best way to operate this summer was to go through free agency before hiring a head coach. The idea initially was to pitch key free agents such as Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James on the Lakers and allow them to hand select their head coach. However, those plans fell through as most expected.
Now that the Lakers have filled out their roster with the likes of Jeremy Lin and holdovers such as Nick Young and Jordan Hill, it would seem appropriate for them to install a head coach and get a system in place.
However, it seems like the Lakers are still hesitant to pull the trigger on a head coach. How many times do you have to meet with Byron Scott to figure out if he is the guy or not? It makes sense that the Lakers want to thoroughly vet out the candidates after their last two rash decisions went horribly wrong. But at this point don’t you know who the guy should be?
Rumors have been floating around that the Lakers are still discussing an internal candidate that hasn’t been reviled to the public. It almost seems like Byron Scott is a fallback option at this point. The only other coach that the Lakers interviewed that hasn’t accepted a coaching position elsewhere is Mike Dunleavy; however, Dunleavy doesn’t seem like a candidate at this point.
Will the Lakers hire Scott? Will they actually have a head coach after almost 80 days without one? Is this all heading somewhere? No one quite understands what the Lakers are doing right now. Hopefully Mitch Kupchak has an idea.
All we really know is this: Kobe Bryant has endorsed Byron Scott. Usually Kobe gets what Kobe wants.