The turnaround couldn't seem further away for a team that fell to 13-38 after a 120-105 loss Sunday to Cleveland. Ever the optimist, Scott has tried to remain upbeat.
"You can only go by what you hear. I'm trusting the Buss family because I've known them guys for a long time," he said Sunday, also mentioning General Manager
"We know next summer's a big summer for us, and we're looking forward to it."
The Lakers will have about $24 million to spend on free agency in July and project to have at least $25 million in 2016 when
Scott gambled when he took the Cavaliers job in 2010 that
The Cavaliers went 19-63 that season (2010-11), not unlike the present-day Lakers, who have seen
"It's the same process, to be honest with you. We're going through the same thing right now, trying to just get through the season," Scott said. "All the injuries we've been getting lately has been crazy. Just trying to build a different culture here."
And that would entail?
"For me, it's just sticking to my guns and my beliefs. I still believe very firmly that defense still wins championships," Scott said. "You've got to preach that and get guys to buy into that."
If nothing else, he's got warmer weather every day.
"Being back in L.A. for two years, I guess your blood gets a little thin again," he said jokingly.
Smith affected many
Two prominent former Lakers remembered Dean Smith fondly after having played for the legendary North Carolina coach, who died Saturday at 83 after battling
Kupchak considered Smith "one of the most influential people in my life."
"His influence on my life didn't end when I left Chapel Hill, as he was a trusted and valuable advisor to me when I became a player, then an executive in the
Kupchak played at North Carolina for four years, becoming an All-American his senior season in 1976.
"There are so many things I could say about Coach Dean Smith, but simply put, he is the greatest man I've ever known," Worthy said on Twitter.