Byron Scott
American basketball player-coach
Byron Scott
Byron Antom Scott is a retired American National Basketball Association player and current head coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He was formerly the head coach of the NBA's New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. He attended Arizona State University, but left school in his junior year to sign with the then San Diego Clippers. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s.
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Walton aims to get Los Angeles Lakers back on song
Yahoo News - 4 months
After two castastrophic seasons that were the worst in the club's history, Luke Walton is under no illusions about the size of the task facing him as he attempts to resurrect the Los Angeles Lakers. The iconic California franchise looked to have hit rock bottom in the 2014-2015 campaign when the Lakers plunged to a 21-61 record in the Western Conference. With Kobe Bryant heading off into retirement, and coach Byron Scott swiftly fired in April, the Lakers turned to Walton to begin the rebuilding process of the 16-time NBA champions.
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Forget Trades, No. 2 Draft Pick Gives Rare Chance for Lakers to Build True Identity
Huffington Post - 9 months
The rumor mill has been in play for weeks that the Lakers would trade their top pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. The idea seemed reasonable until they landed the second pick for the second year in a row. Now the situation has gotten very, very interesting. For a team that has seemingly worked sans roadmap, wandering the NBA Season the way a Roomba would bump and bruise its way across a living room, the team may have lucked its way into rebuilding plan. With D'Angelo Russell, Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson at the core, the Lakers are staring at potential perfect fit in the prohibitive top picks in the upcoming draft - Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons. While the franchise needs to win now, Kobe Bryant's superstardom proved the team can still pull ratings even in a dismal season. While Kobe had 20 years to build to a farewell tour, the Lakers spotlighted Bryant from the day he was drafted. He was already the talk of the town when Shaq joined in his prime. Promoting h ...
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Lakers put faith in Walton to lead return to glory
Yahoo News - 10 months
(Reuters) - Luke Walton, the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, will leave the league's hottest team to take charge of an acclaimed NBA franchise that has fallen on hard times and currently occupies the other end of the spectrum. Currently in his second season as assistant coach at the reigning NBA champion Golden State Warriors, Walton was confirmed as Byron Scott's replacement on Friday. Scott was ditched after the Lakers went 17-65 in the recently-completed season, otherwise known as the Kobe Bryant farewell tour.
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Lakers will have lots of choices for new coach to replace Byron Scott
LATimes - 10 months
The Lakers are now in the process of searching for a head coach in the wake of having fired Byron Scott on Sunday night. Here are five intriguing names the Lakers may be interested in talking to over the next few days, weeks and months about their opening. LUKE WALTON Walton is the most sexy name...
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Lakers' firing of Byron Scott shows how the business of sports entertainment works
LATimes - 10 months
The Lakers did Sunday what many troubled organizations do in crisis, and fired their coach. Tickets and merchandise have to be sold. Sponsorships have to be renewed. Television ratings have to be improved. The appearance of change was necessary, so they let Byron Scott go. Fair or not, this is...
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Scott expects to remain coach of the struggling Lakers
Yahoo News - 10 months
(The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott expects to be back with the team next season despite a franchise-worst 17-65 record in 2015-16 that followed a 21-61 record the previous season. "Absolutely," Scott said on Friday, two days after Kobe Bryant scored 60 points to end his 20-year NBA career in spectacular fashion and defeat the Utah Jazz 101-96 at Staples Center. Scott, a former Laker player who won three NBA championships with the franchise in the 1980s, said he has not been given assurances that he will coach the team next season.
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Does Byron Scott think he'll return as Lakers coach? 'Yeah. Absolutely'
LATimes - 10 months
The Lakers set franchise lows for winning percentage in back-to-back years, following up a 21-61 record with a somehow-more-calamitous 17-65 mark this season. It hasn't dimmed Byron Scott's outlook. He was optimistic when asked specifically if he thought he would return next season as the Lakers'...
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Byron Scott: It's a 'good possibility' Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday and Wednesday
LATimes - 11 months
Kobe Bryant will play Tuesday night against the Memphis Grizzlies, Lakers Coach Byron Scott said after the team’s morning shoot-around. Bryant also plans to travel with the team for Wednesday’s game in Phoenix, setting up the possibility of playing in back-to-back games as he nears the end of his...
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Byron Scott questioned Lakers' manhood before their upset of Warriors
Fox News - 12 months
Byron Scott questioned Lakers' manhood before their upset of Warriors
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Byron Scott expects Kobe Bryant to play against the Brooklyn Nets
LATimes - 12 months
Even if Kobe Bryant returns to play Tuesday night against Brooklyn at Staples Center, this so-called “new” offense the Lakers have incorporated into the Princeton offense will be on display again. Lakers Coach Byron Scott said after practice Monday that the idea of adding to the offense is to get...
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Los Angeles Lakers looking forward to a month full of home games
LATimes - 12 months
After spending most of February on the road the Lakers return to Staples Center for 13 of their next 16 games, starting with a game Friday night against the Memphis Grizzlies. Playing at home for nearly the entire month of March could be a blessing, or a curse, Coach Byron Scott said Thursday at...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Byron Scott
  • 2011
    Age 49
    However, like his tenure in New Orleans, he was soon blessed with coaching another Rookie of the Year point guard, this time in Kyrie Irving, whom the Cavaliers selected first overall in the 2011 NBA Draft.
    More Details Hide Details His second season in Cleveland saw them improve to 21 victories in a shortened 66-game schedule. Scott's non-profit organization, The Byron Scott Children’s Fund, has raised more than $15 million over the past decade, with the proceeds going to various children’s charities. Scott has recently served as a studio analyst for ABC's NBA telecasts and was featured on ESPN. Scott and his wife, Anita, have three children, Thomas, LonDen and DaRon.
  • 2010
    Age 48
    On July 2, 2010, Scott was named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
    More Details Hide Details During his first season at the helm of the Cavs, he watched his team endure the longest losing streak ever in the NBA. The 26-game, record-breaking, losing streak ended on February 11, 2011 when they defeated the Los Angeles Clippers in overtime at home. The Cavaliers ended up finishing the season with a 19-63 record which was the second worst record in the NBA, only ahead of the Minnesota Timberwolves.
  • 2009
    Age 47
    Scott was relieved from his head coaching duties for the Hornets on November 12, 2009, following a 3-6 start.
    More Details Hide Details He had been mentioned as a candidate for several NBA coaching jobs, including the Chicago Bulls, due to his success coaching another young star point guard Chris Paul. Following his dismissal, he briefly served as a studio analyst for the NBA on ESPN.
  • 2008
    Age 46
    Byron Scott was named the head coach of the 2008 Western Conference All-Star team, and a few months after, he was awarded the 2007 - 2008 NBA coach of the year award.
    More Details Hide Details Due to his success the Hornets awarded Scott with a two year extension. The Hornets had a 30 - 11 home record and a 26 - 15 road record and clinched the second seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Hornets won their first round series against the Dallas Mavericks, posting a 4 - 1 record for the series. They would go on to face the defending Champion San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. An unusual trend of home court blow outs would mark the series until the deciding game 7 when the veteran Spurs would pull out a 91 - 82 win on the Hornets rowdy home court. The win marked the 100th playoff victory for Spurs coach Greg Popovich. In the 2008-09, the Hornets finished 49-33 and entered the playoffs as a seventh seed. They faced the Denver Nuggets in the first round losing after five brutal games, including 21 and 29-point blowouts, as well as a 58-point loss in game 4, which tied the worst margin of defeat in NBA postseason history.(see:2009 NBA playoffs article for more information)
  • 2007
    Age 45
    In the 2007 - 08 season, Scott had his first winning season as the Hornets head coach.
    More Details Hide Details They had a winning percentage of .683 with a record of 56 - 26. They became Southwest Division champions and finished 2nd overall in the Western Conference. The Hornets clinched the Southwest Division title in their win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
  • 2005
    Age 43
    In the 2005 - 06 and 2006 - 07 seasons, he guided the team to a pair of sub .500 seasons.
    More Details Hide Details One obstacle was that the team played most of its home games in Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans.
  • 2004
    Age 42
    Scott became the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004.
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  • 2003
    Age 41
    Scott was fired during the 2003 - 04 season, as New Jersey had a disappointing 22 - 20 record coming into the All-Star break, even though they were leading their division at the time of his dismissal.
    More Details Hide Details Rumors of a rift between Scott and Kidd circulated media outlets, with sources allegedly claiming that Kidd wanted Scott out of Jersey. All the parties, including then Nets GM Rod Thorn, denied the reports. Scott claimed that he was "very surprised" by the report and that he and Kidd "always got along". He was succeeded by his assistant Lawrence Frank. While coaching the Nets, Scott lived in Livingston, New Jersey.
  • 2002
    Age 40
    Despite losing the championship series to LA, Scott came back to coach the team through another successful season during the 2002-03 campaign, once again taking the team to the NBA Finals, but losing once again—this time to the San Antonio Spurs.
    More Details Hide Details New Jersey was up by double figures in game six, but the Spurs tightened up their defense and won the game and the championship.
  • 2001
    Age 39
    His team performed poorly in his first year, but that changed in the 2001-02 season with the arrival of Jason Kidd as the Nets raced to a franchise record of 52 wins.
    More Details Hide Details In the process, they won their first Atlantic division crown and appeared in their first NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
  • 2000
    Age 38
    In 2000, Scott took over a struggling New Jersey Nets team.
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  • 1998
    Age 36
    Byron Scott began his NBA coaching career in 1998, when he began the first of two seasons as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings.
    More Details Hide Details He specialized in teaching perimeter shooting during his tenure with the Kings and helped to lead the team to an excellent three-point shooting percentage during a pair of playoff seasons.
  • 1997
    Age 35
    In the summer of 1997 Scott signed with the Greek League team Panathinaikos for the 1997-1998 season.
    More Details Hide Details Byron Scott led his team to the Greek Championship by scoring in many crucial games. After one year with the Greek champions, Scott retired from professional basketball.
  • 1996
    Age 34
    In 1996-97, the last year of Scott's playing career in the NBA, he went back to the Lakers and proved to be a valuable mentor for a team led by Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal.
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  • 1984
    Age 22
    He was the Lakers' starting shooting guard from 1984 until 1993.
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    He led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1984-85. 1987-88 was his best season, leading the NBA champions Lakers in scoring, averaging a career-best 21.7 ppg, and in steals (1.91 spg).
    More Details Hide Details Although he was an excellent player and an integral part of one of the greatest teams in NBA history, Byron Scott was never selected to play in the NBA All-Star game.
    As a rookie, he was a member of the 1984 all-rookie team, averaging 10.6 PPG in 22 MPG.
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  • 1983
    Age 21
    Selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 4th pick of the 1983 NBA Draft, he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 in exchange for Norm Nixon.
    More Details Hide Details During his playing career, Scott suited up for the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. Scott was a key player for the Lakers during the Showtime era, being a starter alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He played for the Lakers for 10 consecutive seasons (1983 - 1993). During that time he was on three NBA championship teams (1985, 1987, 1988).
  • 1961
    Born on March 28, 1961.
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