It appears the Lakers have finally found their man. The Los Angeles team has offered their head coaching position to Byron Scott on Friday, according to multiple reports.
The Lakers are the only team left in the NBA without a head coach and have conducted an exhaustive search to find a replacement for Mike D’Antoni, who resigned in April. The list of contenders included Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Lionel Hollins.
Los Angeles interviewed Byron Scott a total of three times for the job, and Scott received an endorsement from Lakers star Kobe Bryant earlier this month. Scott was a member of three Lakers championship teams as a player and has kept a good relationship with Bryant off the court.
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Scott has a 416-521 record as a head coach and led the New Jersey Nets (now the Brooklyn Nets) to back-to-back NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. His last coaching stint was with the Cavaliers, which ended after the 2012-13 season.