Since doing away with Mike D’Antoni, the Los Angeles Lakers coaching search has trudged along slowly, with the franchise’s interest being tied into older, veteran coaches. But according to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, there may be some progress made as the Lakers have held a second interview with candidate Byron Scott.
Sources: 2day Byron Scott met with Lakers for 2nd time to discuss head coaching position. Scott is only coach so far to have 2 interviews
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) June 11, 2014
Based on yesterday’s news that the Lakers won’t hire a head coach until they see if it’s possible to land a star in this years free agency (possibly a bluff or the Lakers thinking because they’re the Lakers they can continue to get what they want), this may all just be apart of the coaching procedure, feeling out candidates in order to find the right candidate for the position.
Scott’s connection with the Lakers, having played during the Showtime era in the 1980s, makes this a meaningful interview and based on all those who have been connected to the Lakers–Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis, Mike Dunleavy, and Alvin Gentry just to name a few–there’s no reason to be down on a Scott hiring. Neither of the aforementioned candidates are going to raise the Lakers over the top and into the playoffs without a shift in player personnel.
Besides, Scott thinks he’s the man for the job (what potential head coach doesn’t).
“I think what they’re going to probably try to do at the end of the day is hire the best coach … possible to bring the organization back to the glory years,” Scott stated. “I’m a little biased, because I think that person is me.”