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Byron Scott will not be back to coach the Los Angeles Lakers after winning only 38 games over the worst two seasons in the franchise’s 68-year history.
Lakers coach Byron Scott asked Kobe Bryant recently how he wants to handle his minutes this season. Bryant’s response was about next season – there might not be one.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Byron Scott was a key component of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Showtime teams, a smooth shooting guard with sizzling competitive fire. He believes his purple-and-gold championship pedigree makes him the ideal coach to return the struggling 16-time champions to NBA contention. “This organization is all about championships, period,” Scott said Tuesday at his introductory news conference. “We don’t look at Western Conference finals, Western Conference championships. We look at (NBA) championships. And we know we have some work ahead of us, but I’m excited. ... I love challenges … this is going to be fun.”
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.
Out The NBA’s coaching carousel is already spinning in three cities, with more likely to come. Doug Collins resigned as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. He got to choose his own path, while Byron Scott and Lawrence Frank didn’t have that option. Collins could have stayed on the 76ers’ sideline if he was so inclined. He will remain with Philadelphia as an adviser. Scott was fired after three seasons leading the Cleveland Cavaliers, while Frank is out after two years with Detroit. Suspended The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency says 2004 Olympic 200-meter champion Shawn Crawford has been suspended for two years for not giving full information about his whereabouts for out-of-competition drug testing. Crawford, of Culver City, Calif., had three “whereabouts failures” in 18 months, USADA said.
A source close to the Eastern Washington University men’s basketball program confirmed Saturday morning an earlier rumor that Eagles assistant Craig Ehlo has accepted a coaching job with the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers. According to the source, the Cavaliers on Monday will formally announce the addition of Ehlo to head coach Byron Scott’s staff, where he will serve as a main assistant.