24/7-365. Basketball Lives Here.
Fresh off their worst season in franchise history the Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Byron Scott. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak released a statement late on Sunday announcing the decision to fire Scott.
The Lakers only managed to win 38 games in the Byron Scott era, and if it wasn’t for the Kobe Bryant “Farewell Tour” this firing very well may have come midseason in 2015-16.
The Lakers will be looking at a number of former NBA coaches, current assistant coaches and even some college coaches to replace Scott and take this Lakers team back to it’s winning ways. Check out the details below via LA Times:
Scott was thanked for his “hard work, dedication and loyalty,” but the team decided it was “in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” according to a brief statement from Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak released by the team about 9:15 p.m. Sunday.
Scott was informed of the decision after the Lakers’ minor-league affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders, lost a playoff game Sunday night at the Lakers’ training facility in El Segundo. Scott had been called in for a meeting ahead of time and was told at the facility he would not be retained.
An intriguing candidate would be Golden State assistant coach Luke Walton. The former Lakers forward coached the Warriors to a 39-4 record earlier this season while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery.
Ettore Messina is an up-and-coming assistant coach for San Antonio who was a coaching consultant with the Lakers in 2011-12. Jeff Van Gundy is an ABC/ESPN analyst but has extensive NBA coaching experience. The Lakers are also believed to be intrigued by one of their former assistant coaches, Quin Snyder, but he is under contract as the Utah Jazz’s head coach.