NBA Rumors: Lakers firing Byron Scott at the end of the season?

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Coach Byron Scott (Photo Courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia)

The 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers are officially the worst team in franchise history with a record of 16-62 with four games remaining. According to the latest NBA rumors, the Lakers will decide in the offseason if they will be firing head coach Byron Scott.

Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times noted in his report that Scott has one more guaranteed year on his contract worth $4 million. His contract runs through the 2017-18 NBA season, but the final year of the deal is not guaranteed.

“Team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have deliberately put off pondering Scott’s future until after this season. It might take a while, even after the Lakers’ season finale next Wednesday. The team has until June 1 to notify Scott whether he’ll be retained, as per terms of his contract, according to a person familiar with the situation,” Bresnahan wrote.

He also mentioned that the 55-year-old coach has some supporters in the Lakers’ front office. They are curious in what Scott can do with a better roster. The 2008 Coach of the Year has led the Lakers to two of their worst seasons in team history while enduring Kobe Bryant’s declining play.

Scott was also asked by the media to analyze his performance as coach of the Lakers this season. “Probably like our players — up and down,” he answered via the LA Times.

“I’m very critical of myself. I think I could have done better. I still think I can do better. The thing I look at is I’ve got a bunch of young guys that I also have to sometimes treat with kid gloves as well. That’s the new me. That’s not the old me,” Scott added.

NBA rumors in Los Angeles suggests that there are other coaches to consider this offseason. Luke Walton Tim Thibodeau, Scott Brooks, and Mark Jackson are all proven coaches in the league and could guide the Lakers back to respectability.

Photo Courtesy: Erik Drost/Wikimedia

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