Three months after Mike D’Antoni resigned and a long and exhaustive coaching search the Lakers brought back one of their own. The Lakers held a press conference July 29, 2014 to introduce Byron Scott as the 25th Head Coach of the Los Angeles Lakers and fourth coach after Phil Jackson’s final season.
Scott, an Inglewood native, introduced to the Los Angeles media after agreeing with the Lakers on a 4-year deal worth $17 million. Scott drafted fourth overall by the San Diego Clippers in the 1983 NBA Draft, he traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 for guard Norm Nixon.
The 53-year old Scott played for the Lakers in the “Showtime” era during the 1980’s, winning NBA championships in 1985, 1987 and 1988. Byron Scott is ninth highest scorer in Lakers franchise history scoring 12, 780 points. Scott played for the Lakers twice in 11 of his 14 seasons in the NBA. Scott has coached three NBA teams (Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers) and has compiled a 416-521 in 13 NBA seasons as a head coach. http://yeahstub.com/article/lakers-officially-offer-head-coaching-job-to-byron-scott
The Nets made back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002- 2003. Scott was the 2008 NBA Coach of the year. The press conference highlighted by a strong show of support from former Laker legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes. Despite the fact that the above mentioned players and former teammates are hall of fame players and friends, but it is always nice to have the support of basketball royalty on your first day on the job.
Due to the way the Lakers have played for the last three years it was clear that the Lakers needed one of their own at the helm. To teach what the Laker brand is all about. The biggest takeaways from the press conference; Scott is a no-nonsense coach that is all about competition. Your offense can come and go, but defense equals championships. Scott will hold the players accountable on the defensive end of the court.
Due to the 16 NBA championship banners hanging on the Staples Center wall, Los Angeles is still a Lakers town, but the rivalry is better. The Los Angeles Lakers will play hard every night and bring a strong defensive effort every single night. Byron Scott it a competitive guy that has led a team before, as a players, by example and he will raise the level of competition on the purple and gold. Scott’s practices are long and tough; his goal to make practices tougher than the actual games.