Lakers Rumors: Byron Scott To Remain Coach Until Phil Jackson Return?
Byron Scott has a 35-114 record as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers since taking charge of the team last season. And yet, the former Showtime guard could be asked to return as coach next season, per latest Lakers Rumors.Advertisement
According to Bleacher Report’s Howard Beck, Scott could be retained as coach since the Lakers are planting the seeds for Phil Jackson’s return in 2017 – when he appoints a handpicked coach. Eric Pincus, another Lakers beat reporter, confirmed that he’d heard the same from league sources.
After enduring the worst season in franchise history (14-53), the Lakers front office could be cleaned up by 2017 when Jackson will likely end his tenure as president of the New York Knicks. As per league sources, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss is likely to fire brother Jim as VP of basketball operations, besides replacing GM Mitch Kupchak and coach Scott in a franchise shake-up.
Lucky charm at draft lottery…
Though Scott has copped most of the blame for the Lakers’ dismal season, there is a new belief that the coach has actually helped the development of youngsters Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson. By benching Russell for most the season, Scott has helped guard the former Ohio State product, according to sources close to the Lakers.
Also, Scott has been considered “a lucky charm” at the draft lottery. Last season, he represented the Lakers the night when the team secured its first top-3 draft pick since 1982.
According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Lakers brass remains undecided on whether they’ll retain Scott as head coach. “In Los Angeles, the Lakers haven’t yet decided whether to bring Byron Scott back next season. Sources indicate they intend to meet with Scott once the season ends, before deciding whether to retain him.”
Shelburne continued: “While general manager Mitch Kupchak may have been noticeably unenthusiastic when asked to assess Scott’s performance last month, sources indicate that was simply Kupchak’s way of avoiding the question and not adding fuel to the speculation about Scott’s future. It was clumsy, but it wasn’t intended to be the damning indictment some read it as.”
Who will coach Lakers next season? Will Scott stay put? Or will Luke Walton or Scott Brooks take over? Stay tuned for latest Lakers Rumors.