NBA News: Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant included? Lakers name candidates to replace Byron Scott as head coach

NBA News: Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant included? Lakers name candidates to replace Byron Scott as head coach

The Los Angeles Lakers made a big move for their team after announcing on Sunday that Byron Scott will not return to coach the Lakers next season.

“We would like to thank Byron for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the last two years but have decided it is in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement via ESPN.

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Byron Scott started in the Lakers as head coach upon replacing Mike D’Antoni in 2014 wherein in his first season, the Lakers only won 21 games. After drafting D’Angelo Russell and signing Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams and Brandon Bass in the off-season, the Lakers seemed to have no improvement at all and got worse after finishing the season with just 17-65 record.

Scott became part of the Los Angeles Lakers team for 11 seasons and had a three championship playing along Magic Johnson. But it seemed like coaching the Lakers was not intended  for him after finishing 38-126, which was considered the worst record of the 16 Lakers coaches who spent at least two seasons in the team.

With the Lakers officially in the market for a new coach, among the candidates that the Los Angeles Lakers were considering were Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Jay Wright, Ettore Messina, Jeff Van Gundy, David Blatt and Jeff Horcanek.

However, some of the preferred candidates of the Lakers for the head coach position already had chosen their teams wherein Tom Thibodeau was recently assigned as the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach and president of basketball operations, and Scott Brooks will be officially the Washington Wizards head coach.

On a previous report, former Lakers coach and New York Knicks President Phil Jackson was rumored of heading back to the Lakers as head coach but still has no confirmation on his side.

Lakers’ announcement drew crazy reactions on Twitter wherein most of them seemed to be happy with the decision made by the management to fire Byron Scott. Some of them joked about some possible replacement for Scott including Derek Fisher and Kobe Bryant to be the next Lakers head coach.

If the Los Angeles Lakers pick the right coach and get quality players in the upcoming off-season, Lakers will surely be a threat and will be back to continue their legacy next season.

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