Byron Scott, head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, is almost certain to be fired at the end of the season, according to sources close to the organization.
Scott celebrated his 55th birthday on Monday as the Lakers suffered their franchise-worst defeat, a 48-point thrashing at the hands of Utah Jazz. At the end of that defeat, Scott dropped to 452-641 as an NBA coach. Also, since taking over as coach of the Lakers last season, Scott has maintained an appalling record of 36-120 (15-59 this season and 21-61 last season).
For his career, Scott’s 189 games below .500 is currently most by any coach in NBA history. The only success Scott enjoyed was during his stint with New Jersey Nets when Jason Kidd helped the franchise to back-to-back finals in 2001 and 2002.
Time to end the misery…
“Byron Scott needs to go,” popular EPSN analyst Stephen A Smith said on Tuesday morning. “It’s not entirely his fault because of the talent he’s working with. He’s the kind of coach who is suited to coaching a team of experienced talent. He knows the game of basketball. But he can’t do much with guys who don’t know the game of basketball. He’s a coach as opposed to a teacher. I expected Scott to be fired soon,” revealed Smith, who also revealed that the entire front office could be cleaned up.
Despite the Lakers’ embarrassing defeat on Monday, Scott didn’t shoulder any of the blame. In fact, he criticized the young players. “I’d hope they (the young core) would do a little soul-searching and just think about what happened tonight (vs Jazz) and think about how we just didn’t come to play and how we didn’t compete. Sometimes it just comes down to having some pride,” Scott said.
According to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News, Scott doesn’t think the Lakers have found a replacement for retiring franchise player Kobe Bryant. “I don’t look at any of those guys as being our next Kobe. They can be a piece of it or part of it. But not to get to that level that he has gotten to.”
Bryant, too, shared Scott’s views. “Losing by 48 and winning 15 games in the season, it’s not like it’s something new for us. We’ve been getting drubbed all season.”
With Byron Scott set to be fired, who will take over as the next Lakers coach? Will it be Luke Walton? Or will it be Scott Brooks? Or perhaps Tom Thibodeau?