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Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 3/28/1961
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 202

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Former L.A. coach Byron Scott said he "felt betrayed, lied to and deceived" by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss.
Scott had only two years guaranteed on his four-year contract, but Scott claims that Kupchak and Buss had promised him they would exercise the team option for his third year. However, Scott was fired following the 2015-16 season. Scott is also of the opinion that the Lakers front office used him as a buffer between them and Kobe Bryant. "If I asked him to do certain things, Kobe would do it because of his respect for me," said Scott. "Basically, you just wanted me there to help you guys get through the next two years, so Kobe doesn’t go crazy on you guys." Fri, May 26, 2017 10:33:00 AM

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The Lakers officially fired Byron Scott on Sunday.

Los Angeles issued its press release after most of the east coast had already gone to bed in preparation for Monday's work day. The decision to replace Scott prior to the draft and offseason truly beginning is an indication that the Lakers are in search of a long-term answer, something the team and its young nucleus desperately needs as Los Angeles will now be looking for its sixth head coach since 2011. Per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, the Lakers are expected to consider names like Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Ettore Messina and Jeff Van Gundy.
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 09:03:00 AM

The Lakers have fired coach Byron Scott, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Scott was strict with L.A.'s young talent this season, an approach that may not have sat well with the Lakers' decision-makers as they look toward a post-Kobe era. The list of theoretical head coach candidates is long and could include Luke Walton, David Blatt or Jeff Van Gundy, but we should have more concrete reports in the coming days.
Sun, Apr 24, 2016 11:15:00 PM

The Lakers have not yet decided whether or not they will bring back head coach Byron Scott for the third and final guaranteed season on his contract.

Some within the Lakers organization wonder what Scott may be able to do with an improved roster, while others feel his tough love approach with the younger guys on the roster may be doing more harm than good. Strictly speaking fantasy hoops, D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle would be better served playing for a coach willing to give them significant minutes on a nightly basis regardless of the various mistakes they make on the basketball court. That coach is not Scott.
Wed, Feb 17, 2016 10:59:00 AM

Byron Scott's final stretch of the 2015-16 season will be used to judge whether or not he returns for the 2016-17 season, according to sources.

Scott's Lakers have just nine wins and he has struggled to integrate the team's young talent, but he said he won't change his tough love approach. "I want to see how great these guys can be," Scott said. "I want to push them to the limit. I want to push them to things they've never done before. If that's being too tough, so be it." While fantasy owners can hope Scott adjusts his way of thinking over the next two months, the best thing for Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell's development might be to have a new coach for the 2016-17 season.
Tue, Feb 2, 2016 09:11:00 AM

Byron Scott admitted that the Lakers are dealing with a lack of confidence.

We wonder how much of that has to do with their head coach, but that's just a part of the problem. "We've got a lot of guys in [the locker room] right now with a lack of confidence, and we have to somehow get that back," Scott said. "With our guys now, once they see that it's starting to go south a little bit, they lose all hope and confidence, and somehow we've got to rally together and try to get that back." The Lakers have lost 10 straight and are now 9-41 through 50 games.
Source: ESPN L.A.
Mon, Feb 1, 2016 12:42:00 PM

Lakers coach Byron Scott said that he will start giving more responsibility to the younger players.

The Lakers have a 9-32 record, so this should've happened a long time ago. "I’m trying to get these young guys more experience and playing time so they can understand what this league is all about," Scott said. "Hopefully at the end of the season, the game has slowed down for all of us." This report bodes well for the outlook of guys like Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Larry Nance, while it could spell trouble for Kobe Bryant and Lou Williams. Let the tanking begin.
Sat, Jan 16, 2016 11:50:00 AM

Lakers coach Byron Scott isn't planning on making any lineup changes in the near future.

"I like the way we’re playing from both units," Scott said. "I’m going to stick with where it is right now." This means that the Lakers will stick with a lineup of Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, Kobe Bryant (Achilles), Larry Nance and Roy Hibbert. D'Angelo Russell (ankle) and Julius Randle will have to continue to wait for their turn in the first unit.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 12:02:00 PM

The Lakers are likely to keep head coach Byron Scott through the 2015-16 season, according to team sources.

Scott's Lakers own the league's second-worst record, but the former Laker still has the support of general manager Mitch Kupchak and and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss. This isn't exactly the news fantasy owners of D'Angelo Russell and Julius Randle want to hear, but it sounds like we'll be in for more of Scott's curious rotations for the rest of the season.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 09:04:00 AM

Byron Scott is not expected to be fired as Lakers head coach, a source told USA Today.

Per the report, Scott is "seen largely as an innocent bystander in [Kobe] Bryant's bon voyage campaign." In some ways, Kobe's retirement would make it easier to move on from Scott and start anew, but in all likelihood, Scott is going to get at least part of the 2016-17 season—the final year guaranteed in his deal—to prove that he can capably lead his team into a new, undefined era.
Source: USA Today
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Coach Byron Scott said he could make a lineup change if he doesn't like the effort after Tuesday's game against the Warriors.

The Lakers are on the road to face the Warriors, so they are going to need one heck of an effort to get a win. This quote is probably more about motivation than anything, so don't expect the Lakers to make a change this week.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 03:33:00 PM

Byron Scott wants to see better ball movement from the Lakers.

The Lakers have a tendency to watch Kobe when he was the ball in his hands. On top of that, Los Angeles has poor spacing and a group of players who all like to operate with the ball in their hands. Despite the mounting losses, there have been some signs of progress, but it's a one step forward, two steps back approach that won't result in anything consistent. "It’ll be a constant process. It just happens. Growing up we’re used to having the ball and making plays," Bryant said.
Mon, Nov 23, 2015 10:28:00 AM

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that he isn't planning on shaking up his frontcourt rotation despite a lack of rebounding.

"I’m not going to say I’m extremely happy with everything going on with the guys I have rotating. But I’m trying to give them a shot before I make decisions," Scott said. "A couple of bad more rebounding games will do that." The Lakers haven't gotten consistent production out of Brandon Bass and Larry Nance off the bench, while Tarik Black and Robert Sacre are currently out of the rotation. Julius Randle and Roy Hibbert are the only bigs with fantasy value anyways, and it doesn't sound like their starting spots are in danger.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 10:17:00 AM

Lakers head coach Byron Scott said that he will stick with the same starting five against the Nets on Friday, but he did say that his threshold for patience has lowered.

Simply put, Scott will make changes soon if this lineup doesn't perform. Scott's bench rotation will be different tonight and he said it's possible that Metta World Peace and Larry Nance could see the floor, but nothing is certain at this point. The Lakers and Nets have yet to win this season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 01:07:00 PM

Coach Byron Scott said the Lakers got into a verbal altercation late in the fourth quarter on Tuesday.

Scott said he didn't mind it because it's a positive the team wasn't happy with a loss. The Lakers are one of three 0-4 teams (Pelicans and Nets), but it's easy to argue they are the worst of that bunch based on their schedule with three home games and facing just one playoff team.
Wed, Nov 4, 2015 04:29:00 PM

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