Former Laker Byron Scott Front Runner For Head Coaching Position – But Lakers In No Rush
Ramona Shelburne of ESPN.com has reported that the Lakers have interviewed Byron Scott 3 times about the opening for head coach. He is being considered to be the front runner for the position at this point, but the Lakers want to be able to speak with free agents prior to making a coaching decision. The head coach of the team can have a big affect on some free agents the Lakers are targeting and certain players like a LeBron James would probably be able to have a small say in who they would like as coach or if they would be against playing for a specific one.
Byron Scott is a former Laker having played 11 seasons with the team over his 14 year career. He then transitioned into coaching having started in 1998 for the Sacramento Kings. His first head coaching position was for the New Jersey Nets who he took to the Finals twice. He then coached the New Orleans Hornets and most recently the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has a .444 career win percentage, though he has coached some teams with bad rosters and has turned them around to perform well such as the New Jersey Nets and the New Orleans Hornets.
Don’t sell Lakers short – Ramona Shelburne – ESPN.com