Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott will likely keep his job for the rest of the year before being reevaluated in the offseason, according to Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News. This echoes a recent report from Sam Amick of USA TODAY Sports which said it was unlikely that Scott would get a pink slip midseason.
Scott has caught criticism from all angles for the job he’s done coaching the 3-19 Lakers. Scott has shown little interest in reining in Kobe Bryant during his retirement tour, and the head coach recently came under fire for benching youngsters D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle, although the two kids have played well since that happened.
Despite the poor record and questionable coaching, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and president Jim Buss reportedly “sympathize” with Scott because he’s in a “no-win situation.” There’s a delicate balance between letting Kobe do his thing during his retirement tour and properly developing the youngsters, and Scott has struggled to find it thus far.
Bryant can help by scaling back his usage/minutes and letting the kids run the show, which is what happened against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday. But the head coach can’t rely on Kobe helping him with the job he should be doing, and he needs to improve in a lot of areas if he wants to keep his job.
Based on all the evidence, there’s little reason to think Scott will be back next season, but it looks like the Lakers’ front office is going to at least give him a chance to dig himself out of this deep hole. Kupchak and/or Buss will also reportedly meet with his head coach in the near future to discuss strategy moving forward.