Byron Scott: Latest News, Rumors, Speculation on Lakers Coach's Future

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott during an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
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Byron Scott's tenure as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers has felt tenuous since he was hired in July 2014, but it would seem to be on thin ice now as the team owns the worst record in the Western Conference. 

Continue for updates. 

Lakers Brass to Meet with Scott 

Thursday, Dec. 10

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss plan to speak with Scott when the Lakers return from their current road trip to "gain a better understanding of his thought process on how he will develop the team’s young players, according to a team source familiar with the situation," per Mark Medina of the LA Daily News.

Lakers Not Planning Moves

Wednesday, Dec. 2

According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Lakers are not currently planning to fire Scott and search for a replacement: 

While there’s a never-say-never qualifier to the notion that coach Byron Scott could be replaced midseason, it appears for now that he won’t be held responsible for either the dreadful record or the fruitless way in which Bryant continues to play. The coaching component, it should be noted, could always change if this losing streak (currently seven games) grew too big to bear.

However, Amick did note there is a feeling that Scott is "an innocent bystander" during Kobe Bryant's retirement tour of the NBA and that the four-year deal the coach received from the Lakers two years ago is only guaranteed through the 2016-17 season.  

The bottom dropped out for the Lakers on Tuesday, as they were on the losing end of the Philadelphia 76ers' first victory this season, subsequently falling to 2-15. 

Scott took over a sinking ship with a roster comprised of a broken down Bryant and a lot of mediocre, at best, role players. The Lakers do have promising young talent in Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell this year, but the franchise somehow looks worse than the 61-loss team last year. 

NBA head coaching positions are frequently a revolving door, save for a select few. Scott may have enough support from the front office to stick right now, but he should not get comfortable on his hot seat. 


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