Former Los Angeles Lakers guard and veteran NBA head coach Byron Scott interviewed for the Lakers head coaching vacancy earlier this week, and apparently is doing some public campaigning for the job through the media. Whether or not his tactic will work is the question.
On a recent interview with ESPNLA 710, Scott confidently shared his thoughts on the interview, how he’s the right man for the position and how he would approach handling an aging Kobe Bryant.
“The interview went well…I think its the perfect fit…I am the perfect guy for this job,” Scott said, courtesy of a series of tweets from sportscaster Karlo Sy SU.
On Bryant: “He’s gonna have to change his game a little bit and he knows that. He knows me and I’m an old-school type of guy.”
Scott is right that Bryant will need to revise his game a little going forward. Kobe missed the bulk of last season after he suffered a fractured knee cap just six games into his return from a torn Achilles. With Bryant approaching 36 and going into his 19th season — not counting all the playoff games — Bryant’s body is starting to show the wear and tear that a lengthy NBA career can have. He no longer appears to be able to play 36+ minutes a night all while shouldering the full offensive load for the Lakers as he’s done for so long.
Here’s another indicator of just how long Bryant has been in the NBA; he and a then-35-year-old Scott were Lakers teammates during Bryant’s rookie year back in 1996-1997. Bryant and the Lakers also swept a Byron Scott coached New Jersey Nets team in the NBA Finals back in 2002. There’s a bit of history between Scott and Bryant.
Regardless of who’s the coach, Byrant will need to take on more of a facilitator role and pick his spots better if the Lakers are to have any type of success next season. The Lakers will have a lottery pick in the mix as well as potentially a whole new roster, and will need Bryant to be more of a veteran leader and teacher on the court rather than his usual role of Alpha Dog. But good luck convincing Kobe of that.
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