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Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach
Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach

The Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers. He comes with a built-in advantage over the last two Lakers coaches because he didn't replace Phil Jackson in 2011 and wasn't chosen instead of Jackson in 2012. He also has a solid relationship with Kobe Bryant and the Buss family, not to mention familiarity with Lakers fans who remember his role on three championship teams in the 1980s. 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. Tuesday at the Lakers' training facility in El...

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