The Lakers have interviewed Byron Scott and Mike Dunleavy Sr. because of their head coaching vacancy and are rumored to be interviewing former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. But out of all of the potential candidates, Byron Scott is an ideal match for the Lakers and here’s why:
Byron Scott is a Lakers alum, and won 3 championships during their Showtime era of the 80’s, so he’s great ties with the Buss family. He’s also a Los Angeles native, so being back home to coach the team he helped put on the map will be ideal.
Scott has an extraordinary coaching resume as well, including taking the New Jersey Nets to back once again to back Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. He also coached the All-Star game in 2002 as coach of the Nets, and in 2008 as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. Scott also won Coach of The Year honors in 2008 while with the Hornets. He was a pivotal input the success and growth of Chris Paul who played for Scott for 5 years, in order that shows his player development skills as a head coach. During Scott’s tenure as head coach of New Orleans, he led the Hornets for their best regular season in franchise history in 2008 finishing with a 56-26 record, and winning their first and only Southwest Division title.
Byron Scott has a great relationship with Kobe Bryant, and they communicate every summer via text message. To become a head coach of a group you have to have the respect of the players, especially the star, and Byron Scott has that with the Lakers. He’s and old school type of coach and the Lakers have a roster packed with young talent, so a hard-nosed kind of guy will be a good fit for them.
With those factors in mind, at the end of the day Byron Scott is the greatest man for the job to coach the Lakers. If you’re going to coach an historic team like the Lakers, you need some type of ties with the team. The Lakers are in a rebuilding process right now, however they still have Kobe, the number 7 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, and lots of cap space to play with so they still have hope for the future. Byron Scott proved he can have a slumping team and lead them to a deep playoff run and that matches the current state of the Lakers organization perfectly.