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March 29, 2015 Updates

“You have a lot of free agents out there who would love to play for us. They’ve been making it pretty clear,” Scott said. “You have guys during the games come by the bench saying, ‘Hey Coach, I would love to be in L.A. next year.’ That makes you feel good there are players out there that want to be here. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re taking it in a different direction. They know this organization and the history of the organization is going to be back.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 28, 2015 Updates

The Lakers could not sign LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony last summer. Both Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol also left in consecutive offseasons without the Lakers receiving anything in return. But Scott called those developments the “past” and exuded optimism beyond the Lakers’ usual talking points about their 16 NBA championships. “You have a lot of free agents out there who would love to play for us. They’ve been making it pretty clear,” Scott said. “You have guys during the games come by the bench saying, ‘Hey Coach, I would love to be in L.A. next year.’ That makes you feel good there are players out there that want to be here. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that we’re taking it in a different direction. They know this organization and the history of the organization is going to be back.” Los Angeles Daily News

“The turnaround can be just as quickly here as it was in New Jersey,” Scott said. “But obviously you have to hit a home run in the free agent market and with your draft pick. We have the capability of doing that.” The Lakers could have as many as four draft picks, both in the first and second round. The Lakers will also have enough cap space to sign one marquee free agent at a max-level contract, possible candidates including Memphis’ Marc Gasol, Portland’s LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, Miami’s Goran Dragic and Dallas’ Rajon Rondo. Los Angeles Daily News

March 27, 2015 Updates

Little did they know that Byron Scott spent a whole week coaching while privately grieving his mother, Dorothy, who died March 15 at the age of 72. Lakers forward Ed Davis learned about Scott’s mother dying on Twitter. Lakers guard Wayne Ellington found out shortly before the Lakers left for their seven-day, five-game trip. Lakers assistant Paul Pressey briefly took over head-coaching duties. Scott will return when the Lakers (19-51) visit the Toronto Raptors (42-30) on Friday at Air Canada Centre after missing contests in Oklahoma City and Minnesota this week to attend his mother’s funeral services. Los Angeles Daily News

“Coach is a tough guy,” Ellington said of Scott. “He checks the personal things at the door. At the same time, it’s something that is very hard to do.” Ellington would know. He took an 11-day leave of absence after his father was shot and killed earlier this season. Although Ellington said basketball served as a refuge, he admitted his mind often wandered to his dad. Through the first week of his mother’s passing, Scott’s friendly and honest demeanor with reporters went unchanged, too. Shortly after the Lakers announced his mom’s death, Scott teared up while reflecting on her before politely ending a pregame news conference. Los Angeles Daily News

Scott expounded more on his thoughts the next day. “I know she’s in a much better place because she’s not in pain anymore. That’s one thing I have some comfort in,” Scott said. “Being with my coaching staff and the players have made it a little bit easier. But those moments that you’re alone or with your significant other, it pops in your mind.” Los Angeles Daily News

March 23, 2015 Updates

Coach Byron Scott will miss the first two games of the Los Angeles Lakers' road trip to remain in Southern California for the funeral of his mother, Dorothy. She died March 15 at age 72. Scott's plans are to rejoin the club in Toronto on Thursday, the day before the Lakers play the Raptors. Assistant coach Paul Pressey will call the shots Tuesday night at Oklahoma City and Wednesday night at Minnesota. The Lakers are the seventh team Pressey has served in this capacity, starting with the Golden State Warriors in 1992-93. USA Today Sports

March 22, 2015 Updates

Before the 2014-15 season began, when the Los Angeles Lakers were still in training camp, Byron Scott studied the way Steve Nash moved on the court, and the Lakers head coach liked what he saw. “I was really excited because I did see a lot of the Steve Nash that I had played against and coached against for so many years,” Scott said Saturday after practice. Scott envisioned the then-40-year old Nash, a two-time MVP, playing between 15 and 20 minutes a night. But more importantly, Scott hoped Nash would be around the team to help instill professionalism and leadership into their younger players. ESPN.com

“I thought he needed time to kind of start really focusing on the next part of his life,” Scott said. “Sometimes guys can’t be around it. It’s that much harder for them. I don’t think anybody here in the organization faults him for not being around because like I said, I think we all understand -- especially myself and [Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak], who are ex-basketball players who’ve been in this business for a long time -- we all understand that sometimes guys need that peace away from the game to kind of get their head right and just kind of figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.” ESPN.com

A few weeks ago, Lakers coach Byron Scott told reporters that he likely could never coach the Celtics because he had played such a pivotal role in the 1980s rivalry between the teams. Having been on both sides, Fox has a different perspective. “Byron obviously had a huge, long stretch of competitive series and years of battling for championships and understandably so, they butted heads consistently,” he said. “In my time, it was like the Lakers and Sacramento [rivalry]. Being a member of the Sacramento Kings organization would be quite strange and I don’t know if I could take that job. Me personally, the Celtics and the Lakers, I have great loyalty to both organizations. I have a lot of love for LA. I live out here in LA but I go back and forth to Boston a lot. When I was playing in Boston, the Lakers were really not very good at the time. We weren’t competing for championships. “I root for both teams and I want both teams to do well.” Boston Globe

March 20, 2015 Updates

On Wednesday Scott and Nick Young went back and forth about Young’s new hairstyle, with Scott saying the ’do looked like Young had “a bunch of worms” on his head. Young fired back, saying, “People with no hair wouldn’t understand.” Scott used his pregame media availability to defend his shiny dome. “I’m bald by choice,” Scott said. “Can still grow hair, so that kind of blows his theory right out of the water.” Orange County Register

Pressed about his ability to grow hair, Scott said, “I keep it this way because I really don’t want to see how much gray I have up there. This summer sometime, since you guys are so curious, I’ll let it grow a little bit, and you’ll see the hairline and all that good stuff.” Orange County Register

March 19, 2015 Updates

Both excitement and anxiety may creep into Jabari Brown’s mind when the Lakers (13-49) host the Utah Jazz (30-36) tonight at Staples Center, which will mark the last game he will play in his first 10-day contract. But when Lakers coach Byron Scott plans to meet with general manager Mitch Kupchak after tonight’s game, it seems clear Brown will have at least one vocal supporter. “Right now, I’d like to keep him for another 10 days and see how it goes,” Scott said. “I think he’s improved from what we had in the summer time to this time right now.” It also helps that Lakers forward Nick Young will stay sidelined at least for another week after a CT scan showed a small fracture in his swollen left knee. But Scott also likes Brown’s play after averaging seven points on 60 percent shooting 20 minutes off the bench through three games with the Lakers, a stark increase when he posted a combined five points, two rebounds and an assist in 22 minutes through four exhibition games. Los Angeles Daily News

March 18, 2015 Updates

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