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Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

Posted on: May 12, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: May 12, 2011 1:15 pm

Posted by Royce Young

Any time the greatest coach ever in a sport retires, finding a suitable replacement can be sort of difficult. Right now, there don't appear to be any serious lead as to who will replace Phil Jackson as the coach of the Lakers, but here's one guy that most definitely won't be: Byron Scott.

I guess fearing that Scott might take his talents to Hollwood, the Cavaliers will not allow Scott to talk with the Lakers, if it were requested by Laker general manager Mitch Kupchak, reports the Plain-Dealer. 

Scott of course was a key part of the a few Laker teams in the 1980s and was always a fan favorite. He's had coaching successes in New Jersey and New Orleans, but endured quite a frustrating year in Cleveland this season. But that's not on Scott. That's on injuries and basically to put it bliuntly, a complete and brutal lack of talent.

Scott has three years left on his contract with the Cavaliers and doesn't have an opt-out clause written in, so he can't pull the plug and leave even if he wanted to. There's not necessarily any indication Scott was a serious candidate in the first place, but even if he was, he's not now.

On another front, according to a report from Yahoo! Sports, Laker assistant Brian Shaw, who is a favorite for the position, doesn't quite have a full endorsement from the team yet.

"A Lakers source also said that management and ownership are split on Shaw," the report says. "The Buss family, who owns the Lakers, has a reputation of keeping their coaching searches close to the vest."

The report also mentioned that one or maybe two members of the current coaching staff would get consideration, most likely meaning Shaw and assistant Jim Clemons.

The Lakers coaching search is an intriguing one because it's a storied franchise with a ready-made championship club in one of the league's brightest markets. Whoever gets that job better be ready for it. Maybe they should just like Kobe be a player-coach.


Since: Jan 5, 2009
Posted on: May 15, 2011 10:03 am

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

B Scott is good where he is.

I'm thinking Rick Adelman is probably a better fit for the Laker head coach position. 

Since: Dec 10, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:09 pm

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

What are you talking about? Scott had success in both New Jersey and New Orleans. He was fired? So what? So is every coach that doesn't retire or quit "to spend more time with family." It's irrelevant how Cleveland performed last year - did you see their roster? It's a miracle they didn't have the worst record considering the talent level they had - and that they set the record for consecutive losses. It's actually impressive that Scott had that team rise above doormat level in the second half, with wins against both the Lakers and the Heat. If you can't land a coach that has actually won a title, you can't find a better resume than Byron Scott.

Since: May 13, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 1:39 pm

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

First of all, if Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich and Doc Rivers were coaching this seasons Cleveland Cavs team, they would fail misserably. Secondly, Scott was fired in New Orleans because the ownership didn't liked him, even though that team loved him and played great basketball with him as coach, and was also Coach of the year over there. So, it is obvious you don't know nothing about basketball and it's better for you to star knitting or else.

Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:40 am

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

Somebody please explain to me how a black guy, who got FIRED FROM FRICKIN NEW ORLEANS after even that city had enough of him, gets a brand new gig in Cleveland, SUCKS BIG-TIME in his first year there, and is now a candidate to replace Phil Jackson and coach the Lakers?

How many chances is he gunna get? Seriously, keep blaming his teams and not his coaching abilities. The lakers would NEVER hire him. This is just another "look how the black guy is getting robbed (when hes not...) piece". Sigh. I tire of hearing it. Ty Willingham all over again. Eventually, this guy's gunna be coaching the Austin Torros in the D-league.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 11:11 am

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

No way it's happening.  Cleveland won't be able to land a quality coach with what they have and they need to keep all the quality they have and build on it.  I can see Byron there for his next job after Kobe's done though.

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: May 13, 2011 9:03 am

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

Well you can't say he did a fantastic job in cleveland as his team had the longest losing streak of NBA hisotry...

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: May 13, 2011 7:46 am
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Since: Jan 20, 2011
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:34 pm

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

Judging from your are a die hard New Englander.  Its your hate that speaks.  Not your head. 


lolololololol all the way home! 

Since: May 10, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 8:33 pm

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

Why should Cleveland be obligated to let a coach the Lakers want go without any compensation?  Scott signed a 4-year deal knowing lebron was probably gone, the Cavs would stink, AND that Phil was probably leaving in one year.....if he wanted the gig so bad, he wouldn't have signed with Cleveland.

He's their coach and he did a fantasic job with that low-talented and injured team. 

Since: Feb 15, 2008
Posted on: May 12, 2011 7:40 pm

Lakers can't talk to Byron Scott about opening

And Cleveland proves yet again why they are a joke of a franchise.

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