Byron Scott Rumors
That cheering you hear is the parade cranking up in Lakerdom. Byron Scott, who is close to Magic Johnson, actually announced on ESPN, “I’m going to tell you something right now. LeBron (James) is coming to the Lakers along with Kawhi. We’re back in the Finals!” Reports dovetailing with that one swept the league: Kawhi, a Los Angeles guy who grew up in the Inland Empire, wants to come home. Kawhi, who has one year left on his contract, will force a trade to the Lakers.
With less to offer in trade than other teams, the Lakers need Leonard to force a deal, which he may well try, and for the Spurs to accede, which is less likely…. It’s one of Popovich’s cardinal rules not to help West rivals, much less one with the tradition and resources of the Lakers. Popovich almost never says a bad word about another team but went bonkers in 2008 when Memphis traded Pau Gasol to the post-Shaquille O’Neal Lakers, setting them up for three Finals runs and two titles. “What they did in Memphis is beyond comprehension,” said Popovich then. “… I just wish I had been on a trade committee that oversees NBA trades. I’d like to elect myself to that committee. I would have voted no to the L.A. trade.”
LeBron James sure ain’t quieting down the noise surrounding him coming to L.A. … and ex-Lakers coach Byron Scott says the odds are damn good that happens. “I think it’s probably 50/50 right now,” Byron told TMZ Sports outside Craig’s in WeHo.
“Yeah, I got words for Byron Scott: Shut the hell up and do what you do,” he told TMZ Sports. “Leave me alone. He ain’t doing nothing now.” Ball continued, “Tell him, if he want his name in the news, go do something. You ain’t gotta talk about ball to get your name in the news. “But then again, yes you do, ’cause ain’t nobody talk about Byron Scott doing nothing.”