Earlier in the week, it was widely reported that the Los Angeles Lakers brought in former NBA head coach Byron Scott for an interview for their vacant head coaching job, and because of the two sides and their history together, it would seem to be a solid fit. In addition to the obvious, though, Scott expressed his gung-ho approach to the position, and he referred to himself as “the perfect guy” for the position.
During an interview with ESPN Radio in Los Angeles, Scott had this to say when asked about his recent interview with the Lakers:
“To say the least, I thought it was a perfect fit. I don’t know how most people feel, I don’t feel I’m a very arrogant guy, but I think that I am the perfect guy for this job. And I’ve got a great relationship with Kobe [Bryant]. I know the team, know the roster, watched ‘em all season long and I just think it’d be a great fit.”
“Obviously if I get the job, the first conversation is with Kobe. We have to talk about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. We have to also talk about the type of direction we’re going to be taking and also talk about the type of game that he’s going to be playing because he’s going to have to change his game a little bit and I think he knows that. We gotta sit down and talk about the minutes and things like that.”
Regardless of whether Byron Scott is actually the “perfect fit” in Los Angeles, he is certainly qualified for the job. The now 53-year-old was the NBA Coach of the Year back in 2007-2008, and while Scott’s record in his final stop with the Cleveland Cavaliers was disastrous, it can’t be ignored that he guided the then New Jersey Nets to back-to-back appearances in the NBA Finals.
It is reasonable to question whether the Lakers would have any interest in Scott if he didn’t play for the organization, but unless Los Angeles can unearth a “sexier” candidate, Byron Scott would seemingly be a solid choice.