More and more people are calling for the head of Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott, especially after the team hit rock bottom with a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night. But even with the Lakers sitting at 2-15 and looking hopeless as Scott continues to enable Kobe Bryant’s terrible shot selection, it appears his job may be safe this season, according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports.
Amick notes that things could change with Scott’s job status if the season continues to really go off the rails, but it’s “extremely unlikely” he gets fired anytime soon. Amick even refers to Scott as an “innocent bystander” in the Kobe Bryant Retirement Tour, implying that the embattled Lakers head coach simply has no control over how Bryant plays in his last season.
Bryant’s shameless gunning continued in Philadelphia, as he went 7-of-26 overall and 4-of-17 from three, with a multitude of embarrassing attempts to boot. Scott has shown little interest in criticizing Bryant or playing him less minutes, and one has to wonder whether the Lakers as an organization are punting this season and allowing Kobe to do whatever he pleases regardless of how that may affect the young players on the team.
But Kobe aside, Scott has done a poor job with the rest of the roster, and he doesn’t seem like the right coach to lead this rebuild moving forward. The concern is that he’ll be given a chance next season once Bryant is gone, and Amick’s report hints at that being a possible scenario.