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.
Kobe on Byron Scott: "He was my rookie mentor ... We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 9, 2014
Asked if he wants Byron Scott to be the Lakers coach Kobe says "yep"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 9, 2014
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.