HoopsHype Byron Scott rumors

September 12, 2014 Updates

Scott plans to feature Bryant more in the post and along the elbows in a system featuring pick-and-roll sets and elements of the Princeton offense. Scott downplayed concerns over the Lakers struggling to learn that system under Mike Brown two years ago, saying his version of the Princeton offense bodes similar to the triangle system the Lakers once ran under Phil Jackson. Yet, Scott cautioned he will handle Bryant with care, including sitting him out of select practices and possibly back-to-back games. “I know how stubborn he is and he knows how stubborn I am,” Scott said. “There’s going to be times we’re butting heads. But it’s all because we want to win.” Los Angeles Daily News

What if Bryant checks himself into the game? “I might have to tackle him and hold him back,” Scott joked. “I don’t know if I’m strong enough to do that anymore. But I’ll have to get one of the coaches to come with me and grab him and hold him back. I know how competitive he is. But for me, I’m looking out for him.” Los Angeles Daily News

September 11, 2014 Updates

With the Clippers now the team to beat in Los Angeles, the rivalry between the two NBA teams at the Staples Center has started to heat up. Bringing in new head coach Byron Scott has only added more fuel to the fire in this rivalry with the three-time NBA champion clearly motivated to face the team across the hall. Scott had this to say about the Lakers-Clippers rivalry in an interview with ATVN’s Connor McGlynn: “I have a chip on my shoulder because everyone keeps saying they’re number one in Los Angeles. It’s still a purple and gold town,” said Scott. “We’re looking to make sure in the next couple of years that this rivalry is truly what it should be, which is a rivalry of two great basketball teams here in LA.” Lakers Nation

September 8, 2014 Updates

Yeah, Kobe’s his own man. We know how hard he works, we know how driven he is. But I think he’s at the point too where he’s so much more mature, and he understands that he only has a few more miles left on that body, you know, maybe two, maybe three years. And I think he’s probably more acceptable to accept the fact that you can’t practice every day. There might be some games where you can’t play this game or that game. But that’s all to be determined. We have to sit down before training camp and go over some things because I can’t have him going twice a day in training camp. That’s what the young guys are supposed to do. He’s been here long enough and understands his game better than anybody here, what it takes to win. I got to use that knowledge that he has as well. I’m going to treat him like he’s an assistant coach as well as a player. SCPR

Last season you were an analyst for Time Warner. Watching Laker games, analyzing them, breaking them down. They had the worst season in over 50 years in Los Angeles. What happened? Byron Scott: I just didn’t think they had an identity. I know Mike D’Antoni’s identity really is on the offensive end. In this league, obviously you got to score more points than your opponent. But you have to have some type of system on the defensive end to at least slow people down and not allow them to just score at will as well. So I thought from a defensive standpoint, is where it all kind of started. I didn’t think they players bought in on the defensive end, everybody was kind of like, ‘This is going to be offense, so I can let my guy go, and if he scores, were going to get a chance to score back on the other end.’ You can’t win championships in this league or in the NFL or in baseball by trying to outscore people on a night-to-night basis. That just doesn’t work, because that comes and goes. On the defensive end, if you have a system and the effort is there every single night, that gives you a chance to stay in the games, that gives you a chance to win at the end. So that’s what we have to implement back into our system. SCPR

You wind up playing 10 seasons with the Lakers, you win three championships. The city of Inglewood calls itself the “City of Champions” and you had a big part in that. At that point, you’re retiring or you’re not playing basketball anymore, did you think, “What else do I have to accomplish here?” Did you achieve your dreams? Byron Scott: Well I did. I was able to play in the NBA, I was able to play with my favorite team, with my favorite organization, but I think we all still look back and say, ‘Man, I got three rings, I probably should have had five.’ You know, there’s probably a couple of them that we felt we let get away. But, from the start of the whole journey to where it’s ended up, I think I was blessed to be able to achieve what I was able to achieve and play with the organization for as long as I did and win three championships. There are players who get in this league and never get to a finals, let alone win a championship. So I know I was very blessed. SCPR

September 7, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Hearing new Lakers coach Byron Scott is closing on the addition of Igor Kokoskov, one of Europe's finest coaching exports, to his LA staff. Kokoskov, of Serbia, was on Mike Brown's staff in Cleveland last season and just led Georgia to qualification for next summer's EuroBasket. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

September 6, 2014 Updates

During the interview, he anticipates a tough training camp from Byron Scott and mentioned his off-season training. One part of the training that isn’t expected is the MMA training. Lake Show Life

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On Thursday, new Lakers head coach Byron Scott made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show and talked about a number of different topics. Randle came up in the conversation with Scott comparing the rookie forward to Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies: “I know the young kid is very gifted, offensively. He rebounds the ball, he can score in the post. He’s probably got about 15-foot range, handle the ball extremely well for a big man. Pretty athletic. I look at him as Zach Randolph, but more athletic. “And I think in a few years he’s going to be a monster once he really learns what the NBA is all about and that’s what I’m looking forward to.” Lakers Nation

August 7, 2014 Updates

Scott isn't worried about motivating Bryant. "I don't think Kobe needs anybody to motivate him, because he has a pretty keen sense on what he wants to do and how it wants it done," said Scott. "He has a one-track mind and that's winning championships." Scott continued, "I know what it takes to get there, just like he does. It's a pretty easy sell when you're talking to him about winning championships." Los Angeles Times

July 30, 2014 Updates

Magic Johnson was on hand on Monday when the Lakers welcomed his former teammate, Byron Scott, as the Lakers' next head coach. Had Scott not taken the Cleveland Cavaliers job in 2010, he might have been hired by then-owner Jerry Buss after Phil Jackson retired after the 2010-11 season. "Dr. Buss was going to make Byron the coach when Phil didn't know what he was going to do" in 2010, said Johnson. "Byron took the Cleveland job, and he took it too early. I called and said: 'B., you took the job too early. Dr. Buss wanted you to be the coach." Los Angeles Times

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