HoopsHype Byron Scott rumors


February 21, 2015 Updates

A mark of the sign of the Lakers’ current demise that coach Byron Scott suddenly looked ahead to the team’s summer league squad in mid-February. But Scott revealed something far more notable than anything surrounding when the Lakers (13-41) host the Boston Celtics (20-32) at Staples Center. Scott said that Lakers rookie forward will “definitely” play on the Lakers’ 2015 Las Vegas Summer League team. Los Angeles Daily News

The next day, Christian waived me over. “Jason, did you write my mama is 6-9?” he asked, to which I of course responded yes. “My mama’s not 6-9," he said. "My mama’s 5-9!” I was flabbergasted. “Christian,” I said. “Jeff and I went over and over this with you. We asked you five times!” He just laughed. A few minutes later I shared the entire saga with Byron Scott, who just silently shook his head. “Now you know what I’ve been dealing with all year,” he said. Akron Beacon Journal

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Outside the locker room, Lakers coach Byron Scott talked with authority surrounding one of the team’s greatest riddles. What is going on with Jeremy Lin? “It’s been so up and down with the consistency,” Scott said, shaking his head. “Every single night, you’re getting something different.” Inside the locker room, hours after another debilitating loss, Lin stood with his shoulders slumped. His voice sounded quiet, but he spoke articulately about the weight of a failed Lakers season. “My initial expectations were very different than what happened,” the 26-year-old Lin said. “I was hoping to compete for a playoff spot and we would have guys healthy. But it looks very different than it is right now.” Los Angeles Daily News

February 11, 2015 Updates

Scott later confirmed Young would be fined $1,500-$2,000 for his tardiness. The Lakers' coach also was asked how many times Young has been late this season. "Uh, that I know about?" Scott asked after a long pause. "I know he's tried to sneak in a couple of times, too. That didn't work. He's been fined a few times. I don't discriminate. If you're late, you're fined. It doesn't matter who you are. My rules are pretty simple." ESPN.com

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Scott’s understanding of Vaughn’s situation runs deep, and rings familiar. He was fired in 2013 in Cleveland amid a rebuilding plan that had not yet hit its zenith. “Sometimes the ownership gets a little antsy,” Scott said. “They tell you it’s a four-year plan all of the sudden it’s a two-year plan and you’re on the outs.” Orange County Register

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As a first-time head coach with the New Jersey Nets, Byron Scott guided the New Jersey Nets to the NBA Finals. And the anchor of his roster was All-Star point guard Jason Kidd, who carried a bit of a reputation. “He was kind of known as an (expletive),” Scott said. Orange County Register

Kidd was reportedly at the middle of his firing in 2004, with the Associated Press reporting that Kidd had gone to management to demand a change on the bench. Asked if that story was accurate, Scott said he was unsure. “That’s all I’ve heard,” Scott said. “Now, did he actually go talk to Rod Thorn and all those guys? I don’t know. I never got that story. I always said, though, where there’s smoke there fire. “I’m in a much better place and I’m sure he’s happy where he is, too.” Orange County Register

February 4, 2015 Updates

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