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Old friends show up to praise new Lakers Coach Byron Scott
Old friends show up to praise new Lakers Coach Byron Scott

Byron Scott's first news conference as Lakers coach was so much like a class reunion it was natural for the guests of honor to call each other by their old nicknames. Jamaal Wilkes was "Silk." Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was "Cap." Magic Johnson, conspicuous Tuesday after having distanced himself during most of the Lakers' disastrous season — except to condemn Mike D'Antoni's coaching — was Earvin or "Buck." The three stood on the podium behind Scott — "B" in their shorthand — in a show of support they said was more than symbolic. "His confidence and leadership and knowledge of the game will definitely...

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