The Los Angeles Lakers have offered Byron Scott their head coaching position.
Scott, a former Laker player who won three titles with the team, last coached in the NBA for the Cleveland Cavaliers from 2010-2013.
We told you back in May that Scott thought he’d be a “perfect fit” as the Lakers head coach, and it looks like the organization agrees.
According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the two sides are currently in contract negotiations.
Scott has remained adamant throughout the interview process that he was the best man for the Lakers job. He says he “bleeds purple and gold” and has loved the Lakers organization since he played for them from 1983-1993 and again from 1996-1997.
The biggest thing Scott has going for him compared to other candidates is his relationship with Kobe Bryant. The two played together during Kobe’s 1996 rookie season and have remained close ever since.
When asked in May how he thought his first interview with the team went, Scott said the following:
"To say the least, I thought it was a perfect fit. 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 will get the chance to make good on his words in the coming seasons. Coaching the Lakers is a tall task right now given how stacked the Western Conference is and how depleted the Lakers roster is. The team has a core of Kobe Bryant, Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Steve Nash, and Carlos Boozer. That roster would have sounded solid in 2010, but this is 2014.
Regardless of the likely tough sledding next year, the Lakers brought in someone who loves their organization and would no doubt take great pride in being at the helm for a turnaround.