The Los Angeles Lakers decided to go with a familiar face when they chose former Laker great Byron Scott as the new head coach. Scott and the Lakers agreed to a four year, $17 million deal yesterday, and Scott could not be happier with his new position.
When asked about his new head coaching gig with the Lakers, Scott could not hide how elated he was to get the job (Courtesy of Fox Sports):
It feels fantastic. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak), (owners) Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.
Although the Lakers have claimed that the deal has yet to finalized, all notions are pointing to the fact that Scott will indeed be coaching the Lakers from the sidelines next season.
While Scott certainly can rest on his laurels for the next few days, he will need to get to work as soon as possible in order to turn the Lakers franchise around.
Without their leader Kobe Bryant last year, the Lakers faltered to a franchise worst 27–55 record. The team was well under five hundred for the majority of the season, and it was evident from early on that they would be missing the playoffs.
Ultimately, the team ended with the sixth-worst record in the league last year, but there is hope for next season. With Kobe Bryant returning from injury, along with the additions of Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer, Byron Scott has an interesting team to sort out prior to the start of the season.