5 Reasons The Lakers Had To Hire Head Coach Byron Scott
July 31, 2014 - 7:40 pm
Byron Scott Is A Laker
Scott’s coaching career began in New Jersey, leading the team that now calls Brooklyn home to the twice NBA Finals within the first three years of his time there. However, he’s always been a Laker at heart. Scott won three championships in Purple & Gold, even leading the team in scoring (21 ppg) in 1988. Bringing him home to California (he also grew up in Inglewood, CA) makes sense because he knows what it is to raise banners for the organization.
The Four Year Contract Signals A Longterm Plan
It may not seem like a lot, but a four year contract for a head coach in today’s NBA (where coaches get fired midway through the season) is a huge gesture. Kobe Bryant is the focal point of the team as far as players go, but he turns 36 on Aug. 23. Odds are against him playing another four years and even if he does, he won’t be the teams main star. Scott’s deal is the first sign the lakers have made that says to fans and potential free agents, that the team is thinking about the post-kobe years.
He Has Kobe Bryant's Cosign
Not so much of Byron Scott the player but of the move. While the Black Mamba’s perhaps the greatest Laker ever, there was a time when he was just a rookie like any other. He needed guidance and tutelage and Scott was one of those veterans who showed him the ropes. Now with Kobe in his twilight years, and considering the two have remained jovial on the sidelines, the former NBA coach of the year seems to be the perfect candidate to lead Bryant while he’s on his way out of the league.
Laker Greats Respect Him
At Scott’s press conference, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Laker GM Mitch Kupchak were all present to show solidarity with Scott’s hiring. Johnson was never shy about getting former coach Mike D’Antoni out as the Lakers head coach and, as a lifetime Lakers ambassador, welcomed the idea of Scott getting a chance to coach the team. There’s pressure behind any coaching job in the league, but coaching the Lakers means added responsibility and pressures. Luckily for Scott, he has the support of fellow Laker greats and, by way of them, the Laker community.
Scott Understands The Laker Culture
Since he played in L.A., Scott gets that the Lakers are on a pedestal above every other franchise not named the Celtics. At his press conference, he took shots at the Clippers by saying Los Angeles will always be the Lakers town. The Clippers are currently leaps and bounds better than the Lakers, but it’s that attitude towards them and winning that will put Scott in the favor of the fans, players and front office. His next step: turn the Lakers back into a playoff team.