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

The Lakers have hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of nearly three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers. The team has scheduled a news conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday. Scott has coached three different teams, most recently Cleveland in 2012-13, where he was fired and replaced by former Lakers Coach Mike Brown. He has a tight relationship with Kobe Bryant and recognition from Lakers fans who remember his smooth stroke on the “Showtime” teams of the 1980s. Bryant gave Scott, 53, a thumbs-up for the job last week, calling his former teammate a “rookie mentor” who made Bryant fetch donuts and run other errands as a young player....