When the Los Angeles Lakers worst season ever came to a merciful end last Wednesday, the first question on the minds of many was whether or not the team would fire head coach Byron Scott. The former Showtime shooting guard's second year at the helm was the second year in a row the Lakers posted the worst record in the history of the franchise, but the decision of whether or not to let Scott go or give him another chance in the 2016-17 season has proven to be a difficult one for the front office.
Lakers management has reportedly been "torn" over the decision since February, with reports surfacing in the aftermath that there was a growing "strong belief" within the organization that Scott will remain as head coach. While the rest of the NBA is hiring and firing coaches left and right, the decision on Scott's future still has yet to be made:
Sacramento just getting started; Lakers deliberating whether to keep Byron Scott; Knicks' focus, for now, remains Kurt Rambis & David Blatt— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) April 20, 2016
Mitch Kupchak neglected to shed much light on Scott's job status at the Lakers' exit interviews last week:
Mitch Kupchak continuing to answer Byron Scott coaching questions with "He is under contract."— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) April 15, 2016
As of right now, Kupchak said all he has planned w/ Byron Scott are some informal meetings, did maintain that "anything is possible."— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) April 15, 2016
While the Lakers wait, candidates are getting snapped up.
Former Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau agreed to become the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Minnesota Timberwolves despite interest in taking the Lakers job. Former Oklahoma City Thunder head coach Scott Brooks is also reportedly interested in the Lakers job, but has been offered the Washington Wizards head coaching job, a position he is 'enthusiastic' about. Golden State Warriors lead assistant coach Luke Walton is in the middle of a playoff series, but is set to interview for the Sacramento Kings' head coaching vacancy.
The Lakers may move forward with Scott, but should they let him go, they will have to hope they can still find a desirable candidate to replace him.
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