With the Los Angeles Lakers finishing with the worst win-loss record in the history of their franchise for the third season in the a row, many assumed that head coach Byron Scott would be held responsible and let go. Scott, in his second year with the Lakers, instead sounds confident in his job security, while the most recent reports indicate there is now a "strong belief" within the organization that he will remain head coach heading into the 2016-17 campaign.
Should the Lakers change their mind and decide to show Scott the door, at least one of the biggest names on the head coaching market is interested. Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks "has interest in a position with the Lakers should it become available," according to Eric Pincus of Basketball Insiders.
Brooks is a Southern California native and has a reputation for player development following his time coaching Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, and James Harden. Those names are relevant to the Lakers because they are all, with the exception of Durant, players that developed beyond most's projections for them when playing under Brooks. With the Lakers focused on developing their young core players, Brooks would be an interesting candidate for the job if Scott is fired.
Durant is also a free agent this summer, and while it's unknown if Brooks' presence would impact his choice in suitors this summer, it certainly wouldn't hurt given Durant's obvious fondness for his former head coach.
This is all a moot point unless Scott is let go, but it is interesting to hear Brooks is interested since he appears to be on of the better available fits if the Lakers job does open up.
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