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January 3, 2015 Updates

There’s no politicking or massaging of egos when Bryant and Scott talk. It’s like a father talking to a son. They cut through the nonsense and get straight to the truth. "We talk about it daily," Scott said. "We talked on the plane after the Denver game. I told him, 'Look, we'll just see you Thursday, but I'll give you a call Thursday morning and let's talk about it.' That's basically how we're doing it every day. When he tells me he feels good, OK, let's keep that going by not coming in here and trying to overdo it. If he says he feels a little down or his energy level is not there, then basically I'll tell him to stay home. It goes day by day.” ESPN.com

It’s the kind of relationship that Bryant simply could not have had with any other coach, which is why Scott was really the only viable option to coach the Lakers at this time and at the end of Bryant’s career. “He knows I have his best interests at heart,” Scott said. “That’s the bottom line. He knows I care about him like he’s my own son. I’m not going to have him do anything out there that I think is going to hurt him in the long run. I’m not the thinking about the short period, and an NBA career is a short period. I’m thinking about the long period, and I think he knows that about me.” ESPN.com

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December 31, 2014 Updates

"I think so," Lakers coach Byron Scott said when asked if he thought this was the first step toward Nash returning to the team in some capacity. "I think so." Scott and Nash didn't talk for almost a month after the point guard was ruled out for the season but have talked since then and Scott said he would like to see Nash come by the Lakers practice facility and be a part of the team if that's something he would like. ESPN.com

"It was great to see him, first of all, and for all the players to see him," Scott said. "It was a great gesture on his part to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. He still has to deal with the fact that his career might be over. That's still something he's wrestling with. I'm still inviting him to come around here for practice and to join in and just be a part of the team and part the coaching staff. That's something that he has to deal with and when he wants to and he feels he's able to do that, whatever time that might be, he'll be welcome with open arms." ESPN.com

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Magic Johnson created a mess earlier this month by saying the Lakers should "lose every game" and secure a top-five draft pick. Some Lakers fans hated it, some loved it. Lakers players and coaches definitely didn't like it. But when Johnson and good friend Byron Scott ran into each other a week later, there was no such talk. Los Angeles Times

"When I saw him, he just said, 'You're doing a great job. Just keep doing what you're doing,'" said Scott, who wasn't thrilled when Johnson initially talked about tanking but said he forgot to bring it up when they saw each other. "I didn't even think about the tanking stuff," said Scott, in his first season as the Lakers' coach. Los Angeles Times

December 26, 2014 Updates

If there wasn't before, the world now had clear evidence that the Lakers were not better without Bryant. Asked about the concept following the game, Lakers coach Byron Scott bristled at the notion of the team being better without one of the all-time greats. "I just say those people are idiots," Scott said. "He is one of the best to ever have played the game. When you take him off the team you are going to have nights where you struggle. And then you are going to have one night like we had last night (against the Warriors). "We are a much better team when Kobe is on the basketball court." Sporting News

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