Scott understands the Lakers tradition, playing a pivotal part in the Showtime Era as the starting SG alongside Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Scott has plenty of experience coaching superstars, including PG Jason Kidd, and PG Chris Paul. Scott has shown that he can quickly turn around his team’s fortunes; His New Jersey Nets team made the NBA Finals and improved by 26 games on his 2nd season on the job, and helped his New Orleans Hornets to the 2nd best record in the Western Conference as they were recovering from the Hurricane Katrina disaster.
His old-school mindset that he grew up playing with the Showtime Lakers suits SG Kobe Bryant extremely well. Since Bryant possesses a tremendous amount of respect towards Scott, Scott will have the power to stand up to Bryant instead of letting him try to run the team. Furthermore, the possibility of acquiring PG Kyrie Irving this offseason will increase dramatically since they had a great relationship during Scott’s tenure at Cleveland.
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