By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their new head coach. Scott’s name had been mentioned recently as their head coach as the sides finalized an agreement.
Scott has agreed to be the Lakers’ new bench leader. He has received a four-year deal.
He is the latest former Lakers player who became the team’s head coach. The list includes George Mikan, Jim Pollard, Jerry West, Pat Riley, Magic Johnson, and Kurt Rambis.
READ MORE: Click here for our latest NBA coverage
The Lakers were the last team to hire a head coach. The Philadelphia 76ers were the last team to hire a head coach when they hire Brett Brown last season.
It was a disaster of a season for Brown and the team. He coached the 76ers through a 26-game losing streak. In addition, they finished with the second-to-last record, as only the Milwaukee Bucks had a worse record.
Scott is taking over a team that is expected to struggle next season. Star Kobe Bryant is expected to miss significant time, as he recovers from injury.
Steve Nash and Carlos Boozer are on the downsides of their careers. Yet, Scott wanted this position, and Bryant wanted Scott to be his head coach.
The Lakers missed the playoffs last season after being bounced in the first round in 2012-13.
This is Scott’s first head coaching position since being fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2013. He struggled to coach the Cavs young talent in his three years there from 2010 through 2013.
READ MORE: Click here for our latest Sports coverage
He was also the New Orleans Hornets and the New Jersey Nets head coach. With the Nets, he guided the team to back-to-back NBA Finals in 2002 and 2003, losing to the Lakers and the San Antonio Spurs.
Subscribe to our newsletter!