Byron Scott is a good man, a loyal soldier, and in two years he did exactly what his bosses hired him to do.
But the minute Kobe Bryant walked out of Staples Center for the last time, Scott's services were no longer needed, his job essentially ceased to exist, he became an instant antique.
The Lakers really had no choice but to fire him, which they did on Sunday in a move that should come with a thank-you note.
They needed someone to guide the team through the turbulent end of the Bryant era, and Scott did exactly that. Charged with helping Bryant bask in the glory that the Buss family felt he deserved, Scott help facilitate one of the...