Los Angeles native Byron Scott was named head coach of the Lakers. A storied franchise whose luck with coaches before Scott has been less than mediocre. Scott was part of the 'showtime' era, in which he won three NBA championships. During Scott's press conference, Laker legends Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes stopped by to talk and support their former teammate. When Laker legends show up like that, you know that it is something special.
Scott's first agenda is for the team to understand and play defense. He has been emphasizing it time and time again. Rightfully so, since last season, the Lakers ranked close to last in the league. Not only is Scott a former Laker, but he understands the brand and what it means. He will instill that sense of pride to the current Lakers on the roster. The roster, which was constructed in the last month or so is a mix of young talent and a few veterans. Nash, Bryant, and Boozer will have the most experience on the roster. Last year, health plagued the team resulting in multiple different lineups throughput the year. Players like Nick Young, Jeremy Lin, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis, and Julius Randle will be heavily counted on through a tough NBA season. Scott will have to mold this team to compete in a extremely tough Western Conference. There's certainly a lot of work to do. Scott will also have to put together his coaching staff, which will presumably be done soon.
There was never this much excitement heading into a season. A new coach with Laker ties, and a young roster will definitely be interesting to watch. Is this a championship built team? Maybe not, but they can compete if they learned to play together as a unit and toughen up on defense. The Lakers will try to make the playoffs with Scott at the helm. Scott still has a lot to prove coaching wise. He will be ready to take on the challenge and see if he can lead a Laker team to the promise land in years to come.
After making his rounds with LA media, Byron Scott gets his portrait taken. pic.twitter.com/VfzlcvFBOB
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