By Rayle King
The Los Angeles Lakers officially filled their vacant coaching job with the hiring of Byron Scott. Scott was introduced as coach for the Lakers along with the signing of a multi-year contract July 30.
For over three months, the Lakers were without a coach, after Mike D’Antoni’s tenure came to an end last season. Scott had interviewed with the Lakers on three different occasions.
As a player in the NBA, Scott won three championships with the Lakers during the showtime era in the 1980s.
Prior to becoming the 25th coach for the Lakers, Scott coached the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The high point of Scott’s coaching career, occurred when he coached the Nets to two straight NBA Final appearances.
With over a decade of coaching in the NBA, Scott has an overall record of 416-521.