According to Chris Broussard, the Los Angeles Lakers’ coaching search has finally come to an end. After Mike D’Antoni’s resignation on April 30th, the Lakers’ started their search to fill the vacancy by interviewing Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis, George Karl, and Mike Dunleavy. But after an interview process that lasted almost 3 months and 3 separate interviews, the Lakers have reportedly offered the head coaching job to former Laker Byron Scott.
Sources: The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Byron Scott their head coaching job. The two sides are now in negotiations.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) July 25, 2014
Scott was always seen as the favorite to land the head coaching gig. His history with the Laker organization and the fact that he has the respect of Laker star Kobe Bryant made him the clear choice to fill the vacancy left by Mike D’Antoni.
Coming off one of the Lakers’ worst seasons in franchise history, Scott comes in at a time that is unfamiliar to most Laker fans. He will enter the job knowing full well what the Laker organization is all about and work to bring the Lakers back to their former glory.
Scott had previous stints as head coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Hornets, and New Jersey Nets. He lead the Nets to 2 straight NBA Finals appearances and was the 2008 Coach of the Year.
Details of Scott’s contract have not yet been released as the two sides are still in negotiations.
Ramona Shelburne has reported that the Lakers and Byron Scott have reached an agreement for Scott to become the next coach of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Lakers have agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be their next head coach
— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) July 27, 2014
The Lakers have yet to release an official statement but CBS2’s Jim Hill spoke to Scott about accepting the job earlier today. Scott tells Hill:
“It feels fantastic. This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. Its so unreal. I have to thank Mitch, Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”
Scott also chimed in on the lengthy hiring process that lasted almost 3 months:
“I really believe that they wanted to do the diligence and to make sure that I was the right guy… I thought that the last few hires in their minds, they were a little hasty with, and so on this one, they took their time to make sure I was the right guy for this situation. Again, I think it worked out well for both sides.”
Scott has reportedly agreed to a 4 year/$17 million deal. The Lakers will hold a team option on the 4th year.