Byron Scott Rumors
David Aldridge: The second meeting with the Lakers will only involve GM Mitch Kupchak and Coach Byron Scott, & will only be about basketball, per source.: 88 more rumors
Brad Turner: Lakers had GM Mitch Kupchak, Coach Byron Scott at meeding. No Kobe Bryant, and no one from Buss family was there, per source.
Bill Oram: Lakers execs, including Mitch Kupchak and Byron Scott, on plane now to meet Greg Monroe in DC. Then back to LA to meet w/ DeAndre Jordan.
Sure enough, what happened was, the Lakers called him. Mitch Kupchak left him a voice mail message confirming the report was just an unsubstantiated rumor and the Lakers were “incredibly happy” with their guy. Jim Buss then called and endorsed Scott personally. Upon which Scott just smiled and went back to work. “I know how this league is,” he said of the incident from a couple of weeks ago. “I’m not going to sweat things that are out of my control.”
He did nothing. He didn’t call his bosses to question. He didn’t call the media to complain. He shrugged, stuck the phone in the pocket of his sweatpants, and drove to the gym to work out. “I can’t go around worrying if I’m going to get fired, I’m not going to do that, I’m not going to coach like that,” Scott said in an interview this week. “I just keep doing the best job I can.”
Ramona Shelburne: The Lakers had interest in Thibs LAST year. Now I’m told they are very happy with Byron Scott. Kupchak even went on record w/ this last week
Serena Winters: Byron Scott: “I’m in love with Russell Westbrook.” (on @TheBeast980) I think it’s safe to say, Byron’s a Westbrook fan.
Serena Winters: Byron Scott on the No. 2 pick: “Minnesota holds all the cards, so we’ve just got to wait to see what they’ll do.” (on @TheBeast980)
Serena Winters: Byron said Kobe told him from “day 1″ that “32 was the max he could play.” Scott played him more, it’ll be diff this yr. (on @TheBeast980)
Kupchak went on Fox Sports Radio with host Bill Reiter (audio here) and addressed the rumors: I saw something about that this morning, and my first thought was, ‘Let me call [Lakers coach] Byron [Scott] and let him know that the agents are doing their job, and pay no attention.’ Not that I think Byron reads any of that stuff, but someone may call him and say ‘Hey, guess what I just read?’ Nothing to it. We’re incredibly happy with Byron. That’s what representatives and agents do. They try to create a marketplace for their guy, and I’m not saying that’s exactly what happened here, but we’re very, very happy with Byron, and after I hang up with you I’m going to call him or text him.
The Los Angeles Lakers pick second, the Philadelphia 76ers third, the New York Knicks fourth and the Orlando Magic fifth. “More excited than anything,” Lakers coach and former Lakers guard Byron Scott said. “This is the first time I’ve done this. I was excited to do this because of our organization. You guys know how much pride I have in the organization, so this was a big deal to me. To be able to come here and secure the second pick, I guess I can go back home and say, ‘I’m sorry I didn’t get the first pick for you guys, but No. 2 ain’t bad.’ ”
Scott, who gave Young tips on what to work on the offensive end, also talked to him about improving on defense, via TWCSportsNet: “I said number two defensively. Nick is a pretty good defender when he has guys that challenge him. He takes the challenge. He’ll guard pretty much one-on-one, but when the ball is off that guy’s hands, he has to be a better help defender, a better weak-side defender. Those are just two areas him and I talked about, and we did that during the season in Phoenix. It’s no secret the things that I told him to do to improve on. I told him ‘If you don’t, it might be hard for me to put you out there.’”
Scott has since talked to Young on what he needs to improve on in the off-season coming off a struggling season in his second year with the Lakers, via TWCSportsNet: “Nick and I had conversations so it’s no secret what I’ve told him that he needs to do. If you want to look at one thing offensively you have to do, it’s move without the basketball. Learn to catch and shoot. Learn to take two, three dribbles. Pull-up and shoot. Two, three dribbles. Get to the basket. No more of this nine dribbles and everyone kinda watch, because that’s a home run or its a strikeout. You got to get better at moving without the basketball. That’s number one on offense.”