HoopsHype Byron Scott rumors

July 14, 2014 Updates

While former Laker great Byron Scott has been considered the leading candidate for the position for weeks, having gone through two successful interviews with management already and also having received an endorsement from none other than Kobe Bryant last week, even he would likely need another interview before being named coach, according to the source. ESPN.com

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Former Lakers guard and head coaching veteran Byron Scott (New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, Cleveland Cavaliers) is considered the front-runner even by the rival candidates who have been under consideration. This is because of his deep ties with the organization and his longstanding relationship with Kobe Bryant that dates back to their time together as players in the 1996-97 season. USA Today Sports

June 27, 2014 Updates

Kupchak also updated the Lakers' coaching search, saying he had put it on hold while the Lakers prepared for the draft the past several weeks. He does not anticipate hiring anyone between now and when free agency begins. "We may continue to interview, but we have a pretty good feel of what's available and we're comfortable that we can get a good coach, probably in the beginning of July," Kupchak said. Former Lakers great Byron Scott is considered the leading candidate for the position, having interviewed with the team multiple times in meetings Kupchak said went well. ESPN.com

June 24, 2014 Updates

While the Lakers remain focused on Thursday's draft and the start of free agency July 1, sources tell ESPN.com that former Lakers star Byron Scott has emerged as the leading candidate for the head-coaching job after impressing in three interviews with the team. ESPN.com

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The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the search. While team officials have already interviewed Byron Scott, Lionel Hollins, Mike Dunleavy, and Kurt Rambis, it is not certain that former Lakers guard Derek Fisher will interview in person for the job as had been widely expected. USA Today Sports

May 27, 2014 Updates

Scott's last season in the NBA was Bryant's first (1996-97), and the mentorship that began as teammates back then has long since evolved into a close relationship. "I think the Kobe relationship is going to play a big part," Scott, who currently works as an analyst for the Lakers' television network, told USA TODAY Sports by phone Tuesday. "Again, I think I've got a hand up on (the job) because of our relationship. We get along extremely well. Kobe knows all about me and what I'm about. He knows that I'm an old-school coach who's very demanding on the defensive end and knows that defense and rebounding wins championships, so I think from that point of view we see eye to eye. USA Today Sports

May 25, 2014 Updates

Lionel Hollins has emerged as a candidate for the Los Angeles Lakers' coaching job, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Lakers management plans to interview Hollins later this week, league sources said. After meeting with two candidates with Lakers ties – Mike Dunleavy and Byron Scott – Hollins is an intriguing inclusion in the process. He's the first candidate who doesn't have a history with the organization, but, of the three, he has the most recent track record of success in the league. Yahoo! Sports

May 23, 2014 Updates

Byron Scott recently interviewed with the Lakers, and he discussed how he’d handle Kobe. Scott on ESPN LA: "I am the perfect guy for this job. I’ve got a great relationship with Kobe. I know the team, know the roster, watched them all season long. And I just think it would be a great fit." NBCSports.com

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