Is Byron Scott the Best Choice for Next Los Angeles Lakers Head Coach?

By now, the Los Angeles Lakers (should) know that Phil Jackson won't be walking through whatever door Kobe Bryant has been staring at since spring 2011.

So how about settling for Byron Scott?

Chris Broussard of says the Lakers have spoken with the former player turned head coach:

Sam Amick of USA Today confirmed the report. General manager Mitch Kupchak pretty much admitted the same, telling Amick "we have started" the process of finding Mike D'Antoni's replacement.

Nothing is considered imminent at the moment. Kupchak made sure to say he does "not anticipate hiring a coach in the next two to three weeks" and intends to consider a number of other candidates.

Still, you get the sense Scott is a serious option. His name has been among the many thrown around since D'Antoni resigned and the Lakers were first tasked with finding his successor. A face-to-face meeting suggests strong mutual interest exists between both parties. 

Is that good? Is that bad?

Is it perfect?


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Scott has a number of things working in his favor that other candidates don't, starting with his familiarity of the organization.

As a player, Scott spent 11 seasons with the Lakers, during which time he won three NBA championships. He understands the expectations that come with the territory and won't be taken aback by the media circus forever enveloping the storied franchise.

Equally important, Scott has a sound track record in coaching circles, especially when it comes to coaching veteran teams.

Though he flamed out with the Cleveland Cavaliers, there's absolutely nothing to learn from his time there. Cleveland gave him a crap roster under crappy circumstances, and it reflected in its crap record. Scott was tasked with replacing Mike Brown—who has been hired and fired ag...

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