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Lakers hire Byron Scott

Byron Scott

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to terms with Byron Scott as their new head coach. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne first reported the deal, which is a four-year, $17 million contract for Scott.

Scott played 11 years with the Lakers, and won three NBA Championships with the team. Scott told KCBS-TV that coaching the Lakers is a dream come true.

“It feels fantastic,” he told KCBS-TV. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

Outside of Scott, the Lakers also interviewed Alvin Gentry, Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Lionel Hollins, and George Karl. Last season, Byron Scott served as a Lakers analyst for Time Warner Cable SportsNet. In addition to Scott’s ties to the organization, he also has ties to Lakers star Kobe Bryant.

“He was my rookie mentor when I first came into the league,” Bryant said. “So I had to do things like get his doughnuts and run errands for him and things like that. We’ve had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years. So, obviously, I know him extremely well. He knows me extremely well. I’ve always been a fan of his.”

Before being hired the Lakers, Scott coached for the Sacramento Kings, New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

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