Former Lakers’ player turned head coach Byron Scott recently finished up a second interview with the organization for their vacant head coaching position. Scott was dismissed as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers last summer. He has spent time as the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets and the New Jersey Nets in previous seasons.
The Lakers’ rumored tactic is to attract Carmelo Anthony or LeBron James and then to allow them decide who their new head coach will be. The possibility of James coming back to the Cavaliers is a hot topic in the league. Cleveland may be using the number one overall pick in the NBA Draft to leverage a reunion with the four-time MVP. It would appear that James would head home to Cleveland before taking his talents to Hollywood.
Scott would have two phenomenal scorers in Kobe Bryant and Anthony if the Lakes were able to lure him. But controversy concerning the leadership role would likely surface with Bryant’s territorial demeanor coupled with the fact that Anthony has always been the first option. Bryant has been suffering a myriad of injuries over the past year and a half. The conversation should shift towards his ability to stay healthy before worrying about his level of performance and leadership status.
Scott has spoken boldly about his desire to coach Bryant and how he feels the future Hall of Famer might need to change his game. Scott is clearly on the Lakers’ radar but L.A. is taking their time on their head coaching search so they can attract a high-profile free agent that can put them on the map again immediately.
Nearly all of the Lakers from the 2013-14 season are free agents and among the most notable names are Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Jodie Meeks and Nick Young. The Lakers have about $28.2 million of cap space to spend this summer and most of it will be focused on luring Melo or LeBron to Los Angeles.