Byron Scott Rumors
Yesterday, the Lakers unveiled the name of the organization’s new training facility and Russell had high-praise for his new coach. Via Lakers Nation: “He’s one of the best people I know, as far as off the court,” Russell said of his new head coach on Wednesday. “c I feel like I can call him anytime. He’s not like a head coach that will sit back and just watch his other coaches and colleagues just train other players, he’s always involved. He’ll get out there and play with you if he wants. It’s just great to have a young coach like him in the building.”
Nick Young sounded uncertain whether the Lakers will buy out his two-year contract worth $11 million before training camp starts in late September. Young indirectly outlined reasons for the Lakers to consider giving him another chance. He reported devoting plenty of his offseason toward improving his strength and conditioning. After clashing the past two seasons with then-Lakers coach Byron Scott about his public criticisms and role, Young sounded thrilled about Luke Walton’s subsequent hiring. “It’s a breath of fresh air for me,” Nick Young said of Luke Walton. “Luke is a big-time coach and came from a championship team. I think I have the tools that we can use as a shooter.”
Ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott says he can’t keep paying for his ex-wife’s baller lifestyle, ’cause he hasn’t found a new job yet. As we previously reported, Scott signed a $17 MILLION contract with the Lakers right after he filed for divorce in 2014. He’d been married to his high school sweetheart, Anita, for 29 years.
Since he was making around $300k per month at the time, the judge ordered him to pay $26k per month in spousal support. But in new court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Byron claims his financial situation has changed drastically … ’cause he got fired in April and isn’t pulling those huge NBA checks anymore. Byron says his only form of income these days is a $50k-per-month deferred compensation check from the Cavs … and half of that already goes straight to Anita.
What is your impression of their young roster and what their potential could be. Stu Jackson: “I was encouraged by the end of the season with D’Angelo Russell. I was even more encouraged with how Byron Scott handled D’Angelo Russell with not turning over the keys to the franchise to him immediately. He took the approach of making him earn it. That will pay dividends for him down the road. I think he’s a terrific talent. He has great vision as a passer and will be a prolific perimeter shooter. Julius Randle, I like a lot. I think he’s underrated ball handler and excellent rebounder. He’s competitive and has some toughness. I like him as well. Larry Nance Jr will be an excellent player for them. He’s a utility player in the frontcourt, Jordan Clarkson is another great selection.