There have been four NBA head coach firings so far this season, but Los Angeles Lakers fans hoping to see Byron Scott become the fifth member of that group should not hold their breath. Despite the team's 9-41 record, league worst net rating of -11.6, and consistent criticism of the team's young players through the media, the Lakers still have no plans to fire Scott, according to Mark Medina of the L.A. Daily News.
Tucked away in Medina's report on the war of words between Scott and Los Angeles Clippers analyst Don MacLean over how to best develop Lakers' rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell was the detail that "the Lakers plan on retaining [Scott] for the rest of the 2015-16 season, mindful of the challenges Scott faces in managing both Kobe Bryant's 20th and final NBA season and rebuilding the team's young core." The team reportedly plans to re-evaluate Scott at the end of the season.
Medina reported the same in early December, writing that "Scott still has enough support from Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of player personnel Jim Buss that he is expected to coach through the rest of the 2015-16 season," but reiterating this report is notable because it means that the team's thought process likely hasn't changed.
In spite of mounting public pressure and a franchise-record tying 10 game losing streak, it sounds like Scott has the security to coach out the rest of the season as he sees fit.
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