Byron Scott Facing New Reality of Coaching Los Angeles Lakers

With another dreadful season underway, Byron Scott is getting a taste of what it’s like to helm the sinking ship known as today’s Los Angeles Lakers.

The longtime NBA operative has had his successes: two NBA Finals appearances with the New Jersey Nets and Coach of the Year honors in 2008 with the New Orleans Hornets.

But he has also had down years at each stop along the way, including most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Now ensconced in his dream job—coaching the same purple and gold colors he wore on the floor during three Showtime championship runs—Scott searches for answers as the Lakers fall to 3-11 in the Western Conference.

The coach has endless trust in one of the league’s fiercest competitors. But Kobe Bryant is entering his twilight chapter, and there’s simply not enough talent amongst the Mamba’s supporting cast to win with any consistency.


Injuries played their part in the bobbled start, with Steve Nash and rookie Julius Randle out for the season. Adding to the woes, Nick “Swaggy P” Young missed the first 10 games of the season, nine of which were losses.

Games lost to injury are a part of every team’s narrative, however. And Scott, who was brought in to shore up a team that skidded to a 27-55 record last season, is plunging even faster than predecessors Mike D’Antoni and Mike Brown.

It’s enough to cause a lack of conviction among pundits, fans and even players.

As reported by Baxter Holmes of, the new Lakers coach is trying to keep the team’s competitive fires burning through motivational messages, including future title hopes: “I told them that I have no doubt that we will win a championship in my tenure here as head coach, because I know this organization. But I do know it's going to take som...

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