Byron Scott was fired yesterday according to Adrian Worjnarowski of Yahoo Sports. The Lakers coach had a combined record of 38-126 in his two-year tenure in Los Angeles. They were also the worse two seasons in franchise history. It was probably only a matter of time that the front office maybe looking in a new direction. Did Scott get a fair shake in L.A.? In our previous article (read here), we said that Scott maybe deserved one more shot at coaching the team, but couldn’t afford to start winless again. Scott really didn’t have good rosters in both his seasons. In his first season, the Lakers were just injury riddled, and his second season he had an aging Kobe Bryant with a lot of young players just entering the league. Scott was put in an impossible position having to cater to Bryant and his farewell tour, while also trying to develop young players. Now with Scott out as coach, the Lakers will begin their coaching search.
There are a lot of possible candidates out there. Some of those names are: Luke Walton, Kevin Ollie, Mark Jackson, Jeff Van Gundy, Ettore Messina. Whoever the Lakers choose, it must be careful decision. The Lakers have gone through coaches in Mike Brown, Mike D’Antoni, and now Byron Scott. All of whom didn’t fit the style of what the Lakers were trying to do. The franchise can’t afford to keep going through a carousel of coaches. They need to bring someone who will bring stability to the team.
(According to William Lou of theScore.com)
“Four names have already emerged as possible replacements for Byron Scott in Los Angeles after the Lakers reportedly fired him Sunday.
Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton, former Houston Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy, San Antonio Spurs lead assistant Ettore Messina, andUConn boss Kevin Ollie could be next in line for the Lakers, The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.
Van Gundy is the only name of the bunch with an extensive track record of coaching in the NBA. The popular 54-year-old broadcaster led the New York Knicks and the Rockets to a 430-318 record between 1995-2007.
Walton, a pupil of former Lakers coach Phil Jackson, doesn’t technically have any head coaching experience on his resume, but he did lead the Warriors to a 39-4 record as part of their record-setting 73-win season.
Messina made his bones overseas and became one of the most highly sought-after international candidates before eventually latching on with the Spurs. Groomed by Gregg Popovich himself, Messina’s an appealing candidate – especially considering he holds ties to the Lakers dating back to 2011, when he served as a full-time consultant under Mike Brown.
Finally, Ollie rose to prominence as the leader of the Huskies. He took them to a NCAA tournament championship in 2013-14 and has been linked to several NBA vacancies.”