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Kobe Bryant says he wants Byron Scott for Lakers coach

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Byron Scott has Kobe's backing for the Lakers job. (USATSI)
Byron Scott has Kobe's backing for the Lakers job. (USATSI)

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At a press conference at his annual basketball camp in Santa Barbara Wednesday, Kobe Bryant said that he supports Byron Scott as a candidate for coach of the Lakers.

Scott, 53, has a career 416-521 record as a coach, most recently with the Cavaliers. He spent 11 of his 14 seasons as a player with the Lakers, and was a studio commentator for the Lakers on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet since being fired by the Cavaliers.

Scott is considered the 'safe' choice, preaching a defensive philosophy with playoff experience, ties to the organization, and, obviously, a relationship with Bryant. The Lakers have reportedly been holding off on signing a coach until after meeting with top free agents this summer.

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