Byron Scott Rumors
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.
Phil Jackson’s remark was a shot back at the Lakers, whose ex-coach Byron Scott said last month they passed on Porzingis because he looked out of shape in his L.A. workout. […] “Watching him in the summer league, we thought he was really competitive, that’s what we wanted to see in the tapes study we did,’’ Jackson added. “But when we saw that he had the stamina to play 28 to 32 minutes, well, we thought maybe he was going to be a 20-to-22-minute guy because of his strength and his lack of size or weight. But we knew how competitive, and what an athletic talent he was, really to be able to have that stamina.’’