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Lakers interviewing Byron Scott for head coaching position, again, according to report

The Lakers will sit down with Byron Scott for a third time as they continue their search for a new head coach.


The Los Angeles Lakers are still without a head coach to replace Mike D'Antoni and will interview Byron Scott for the third time on Wednesday, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne. The NBA Draft, along with the opening free agency period, have both passed and Los Angeles remains coachless.

The Lakers' Las Vegas Summer League team is currently being head coached by Mark Madsen, who was initially hired by the Lakers to head coach their D-league affiliate, the Los Angeles D-Fenders. Madsen was quickly promoted to the Lakers' coaching staff, never coaching a game for the D-Fenders.

Scott has long been considered the "frontrunner" to become the third head coach of the Lakers in three seasons. He last coached the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2012-2013 season, but was replaced by former Lakers head coach Mike Brown. Scott worked as an in-studio analyst for Time Warner SportsNet last season.

Kobe Bryant recently endorsed Scott as the next Lakers head coach, but the front office has taken a patient approach while they sorted through their priorities during the off-season. The majority of candidates the Lakers have previously interviewed are no longer on the board, accepting positions elsewhere.

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