NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers have waited nearly three months to hire a new coach, and they’re apparently making Byron Scott wait a few more days.
Scott, who won three NBA titles as a shooting guard for the Lakers, told KCBS-TV he will take over the club, which hasn’t had a coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.
“It feels fantastic,” he told KCBS. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank (general manager) Mitch (Kupchak), (owners) Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”
Yet Kupchak and the Buss siblings remained mum Sunday, extending their strange coach-less summer to the final days of July.
ESPN.com first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract.
Scott has previously coached in New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. He was Kobe Bryant’s teammate during Bryant’s rookie year with the Lakers in 1996-97, and the superstar endorsed Scott for the job earlier this month.
Scott also spent last season as a television commentator on the Lakers’ own network, watching the team lose a franchise-worst 55 games.
American duos win World Series
Volleyball: Top-seeded Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross won the World Series of Beach Volleyball, beating fifth-seeded Agatha Bednarczuk and Barbara Seixas of Brazil 21-17, 21-17 in Long Beach, California.
The top-seeded American team of Sean Rosenthal and Phil Dalhausser won the men’s title, beating second-seeded Mariusz Prudel and Grzegorz Fjalek of Poland 22-24, 21-17, 15-9.
Cuevas wins twice to take Croatian Open
Tennis: Uruguayan qualifier Pablo Cuevas beat defending champion Tommy Robredo of Spain 6-3, 6-4 on to win the Croatia Open final after ousting top-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy earlier the same day in the rain-delayed semifinal in Umag, Croatia.
• Isner repeats: Top-seeded John Isner overpowered Dudi Sela to successfully defend his Atlanta Open title, blowing serve after serve past the 5-foot-9 Israeli player in a 6-3, 6-4 victory.
• Andujar snaps drought: Pablo Andujar of Spain won his first title in more than two years, beating Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 7-5 in the Swiss Open final in Gstaad, Switzerland.
Svitolina rolls: Elena Svitolina of Ukraine successfully defended her title at the Baku Cup, defeating 2012 champion Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia in the final 6-1, 7-6 (2) in Baku, Azerbaijan.
Millsap in, Butler out for U.S. team
Basketball: Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap was added to Team USA’s roster for the training camp that opens today in Las Vegas.
USA Basketball also announced that Jimmy Butler will be unable to participate in the training camp because of a groin injury.
Bayern claims Haskell Invite
Horse Racing: Bayern won the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, New Jersey by 7 1/4 lengths, extending trainer Bob Baffert’s record for victories in the 3-year-old stakes to seven.
Willoughby, Pajon take world titles
Bike racing: Australia’s Sam Willoughby won the elite men’s supercross and Colombia’s Mariana Pajon took the women’s race on the final day of the BMX World Championships in Rotterdam, Netherlands.