Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant was clear Wednesday about who he wants to coach the Lakers: Byron Scott. Speaking at his camp, Bryant told the media he wants Scott to be the Lakers' next coach, and spoke about their close relationship, according to a report from ESPNLosAngeles.com's Dave McMenamin.
Scott has had coaching stints with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He has a career record of 416-521 and has made the playoffs four times in his 13 years of coaching, including two years in which he was fired mid-season.
Scott last coached the Cavaliers to a 24-58 record in the 2012-13 season. Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-93, winning three championships with the team.
The Lakers are the only team yet to hire a head coach.
Asked if he wants Byron Scott to be the Lakers coach Kobe says "yep"— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) July 9, 2014
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
- Alex Hampl