Lakers close to hiring Byron Scott as their new head coach

By Anthony Caruso III
Posted: July 25th, 2014 at 2:26 pm EST

The Los Angeles Lakers are getting close to naming a head coach.

The Lakers, who have been without a head coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned, are in talks to hire former Laker Byron Scott as its new head coach. The final head coaching position appears to be closed with his news.

Byron Scott (Getty Images)

Byron Scott (Getty Images)

Lakers star Kobe Bryant wanted the Lakers to hire Scott, and now he is getting his wish. The aging star will now have Scott to lead the team, as Bryant continues to recover from his injury.

In addition, this is a position that Scott always wanted. He hasn’t coached in the NBA since being fired in 2013 by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

He was the Cavs head coach from 2010 through 2013.

Scott struggled with the Cavs after LeBron James left, as he had to deal with a young roster. With the Lakers, he will have a veteran bunch, including Bryant, Steve Nash, and Carlos Boozer.

Prior to the Cavs, he was the head coach for the New Jersey Nets and the New Orleans Hornets. He guided the Nets to the 2002 and 2003 NBA Finals, before losing to the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.

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