Sources within the Los Angeles Lakers organization believe that Byron Scott will last as head coach for the rest of the season. Some Lakers fans and basketball observers have called for Scott’s head for most of the season as the Los Angeles team is on their way to another lottery appearance.
Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times reports that Scott will survive the final two and a half seasons with the Lakers with the stretch considered as “trial of sorts” for the veteran head coach.
Despite the criticisms, Scott is unwavering in his coaching style, particularly in being tough to the young guys in their roster namely Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell.
“I am who I am. Pat Riley wasn’t easy on us. Larry Brown wasn’t easy on. I think that’s the reason I was successful because I had a coach that pushed me and tried to get the very best out of me,” Scott said in the L.A. Times article.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’m no different. I want to see how great these guys can be. I want to push them to the limit. I want to push them to things they’ve never done before. If that’s being too tough, so be it.”
Scott is a former NBA player who played for the Lakers from 1983 to 1993 and from 1996 to 1997. He immediately joined the coaching ranks as an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings in 1998 and then had head coaching stints with the New Jersey Nets (2000 to 2004), New Orleans Hornets (2004 to 2009) and Cleveland Cavaliers (2010 to 2013) before landing the job in L.A. in 2014.
The Lakers currently have 10 wins against 41 losses for the season. They have the worst record in the Western Conference and have the second-worst record in the entire league, ahead of the 7-41 Philadelphia 76ers.
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