Byron Scott realized his dream when the Los Angeles Lakers hired him as head coach, even referring to his new gig as a “dream job.”
One of the reasons Scott was hired may have been because Scott has a good relationship with Lakers’ star guard Kobe Bryant. He knows Bryant well and knows he doesn’t need any extra motivation.
“I don’t think Kobe needs anybody to motivate him, because he has a pretty keen sense on what he wants to do and how it wants it done,” said Scott on The Dan Patrick Show Thursday via Broderick Turner of The Los Angeles Times. “He has a one-track mind and that’s winning championships.”
Although Scott did coach the Nets to an NBA Finals appearance, he hasn’t won a title as a head coach. However, as a player, he was used to winning titles. . Scott started his playing career with the Lakers in 1983 and remained with the team until 1993, winning three championships along the way. Bryant, of course, has played his entire career with the Lakers after being acquired on draft night in 1996 and has collected five rings.
“I know what it takes to get there, just like he does,” Scott said. “It’s a pretty easy sell when you’re talking to him about winning championships.”
Scott has a career regular season record of 416-521 and is 33-24 in the postseason. He has coached the Nets (Brooklyn), New Orleans Hornets (Pelicans) and Cleveland Cavaliers (and we’ll give him a bit of a pass for his poor record in Cleveland because he took over just after LeBron James left for the Miami Heat).