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Lakers felt an urgency to part ways with Byron Scott while top coaching candidates were still available

Lakers felt an urgency to part ways with Byron Scott while top coaching candidates were still available

The Lakers wanted to ease into their decision on Byron Scott, let the emotions subside from a scarred season before plunging into whether he would stay or leave as their coach.

Then Tom Thibodeau was hired by the Minnesota Timberwolves, Scott Brooks was snapped up by the Washington Wizards and the Lakers realized they needed to act quickly if they wanted to fill a potential coaching vacancy.

Sacramento is actively seeking a coach and Houston also might look for one after its season ends.

So Lakers executives Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss told Scott on Sunday night he wouldn't be retained, thrusting the Lakers into their fourth coaching...

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