The Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to fans. Scott, 53, has a four-year deal for $17 million, with a team option for the fourth year. A news conference is scheduled for 11 a.m. PDT Tuesday at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo. We will cover the news conference live here with tweets and updates from our reporters there: Mike Bresnahan, Eric Pincus and Melissa Rohlin, as well as your reactions.
The trick for Scott, who will be coaching his fourth NBA team, is getting the most of a patchwork roster consisting of an aging veteran (Kobe Bryant), an injury-prone one (Steve Nash), an amnesty-waiver discard (Carlos Boozer), a point guard who lost his starting job last season (Jeremy Lin) and a promising lottery pick (Julius Randle). The Lakers were a dismal 27-55 and missed the playoffs as Bryant and Nash played a combined 21 games last season.
“I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are,” Scott said in a statement Monday night. “I will give everything I have to fulfill the championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have for ourselves.”