Byron Scott is no longer the coach of the NBA Los Angeles Lakers the team announced late on Sunday night. Scott had coached the Lakers for the past two seasons, which were the two worst in the history of the franchise.
The Lakers have won the NBA title 16 times, but the past two seasons have been ones that fans and management would like to forget. Last season, which concluded just two weeks ago, ended 17-65 for the Lakers.
The Kobe Bryant era ended with the end of the regular season and the Lakers are making one more break from that era through their firing of Scott, who could not produce enough wins for management to stay aboard.
The Lakers ended the season with the second worst record in the NBA and lost four more games than they did the prior season, which was the worst record up to now.
Sources said management recognized the difficulty in evaluating Scott as a coach based on the team’s talent level the last two seasons. Nevertheless, the Lakers felt it was time for a new vision.
There was more of a sense of urgency in making the change due to the importance of this summer’s free agency and with the front office’s self-imposed deadline of one year for turning around the franchise coming to an end.
The contract Scott held with the Lakers included an option for the team next season, its third of the deal, which was tied to incentives on performance that he did not reach. A team option had been included as well for the fourth season.
Scott was aware that he was in jeopardy of losing his job since last week. He played for the Lakers during the 1980s and won three NBA titles alongside the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson and James Worthy.
Scott said after the team did not pick up his coaching option that the position had been his dream job, but he also understood the business side of basketball that it nothing more than wins and losses.
A long list of coaching candidates is not on the radar for the Lakers and the team will start interviews as soon as possible.