Byron Scott says he knows who the perfect guy to be the Lakers next coach is, and -- big surprise -- it’s him.
Scott interviewed for the job this week, and told ESPN LA he thinks he’s the best man for the job.
"To say the least, I thought it was a perfect fit," Scott said. "I don't know how most people feel, I don't feel I'm a very arrogant guy, but I think that I am the perfect guy for this job. And I've got a great relationship with Kobe [Bryant]. I know the team, know the roster, watched 'em all season long and I just think it'd be a great fit."
Scott also said that if he were coach, he’d have to talk with Kobe about adjusting the aging superstar's game a little bit.
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"Obviously if I get the job, the first conversation is with Kobe," Scott said. "We have to talk about the future of the Los Angeles Lakers. We have to also talk about the type of direction we're going to be taking and also talk about the type of game that he's going to be playing because he's going to have to change his game a little bit and I think he knows that. We gotta sit down and talk about the minutes and things like that."
Scott could be a decent choice for LA for a few reasons. For starters, he has experience with both veteran and young squads. He led an older Nets team to the Finals twice in 2002 and 2003, but also spent 2010-2013 coaching up a young Cleveland squad. Whether the Lakers look to bring in veterans or build with youth, Scott will be in familiar territory. His strong relationship with Kobe is definitely a plus, too.
Scott told the LA radio hosts he “bleeds purple and gold,” and has loved the Lakers since he played for them from 1983-1993. Fun fact: Scott is competing with his old Lakers coach – Mike Dunleavy – for the opening. Dunleavy interviewed for the job this week as well.
So, LA faithful, how would you feel about Scott being your next coach? It wouldn't be the flashiest pick, but that's not necessarily a bad thing.