The Los Angeles Lakers have fired head coach Byron Scott, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical. The Lakers cut ties with Scott with one guaranteed year remaining on his original three-year coaching contract that included a fourth-year team option.
Scott posted a coaching record of 38-126 during his time in Los Angeles, guiding the Lakers to their worst seasons in franchise history in two consecutive years over his tenure. Scott also finishes with the worst winning percentage of any coach with more than 1,000 games coached in the NBA, according to Basketball Reference, passing Kevin Loughery over his final season in Los Angeles.
Scott came to Los Angeles promising to turn around a poor defensive team and instead coached two of the three least efficient defenses in the history of the franchise since Basketball Reference began calculating the stat. His inability to instill a defensive mindset combined with his lack of creativity on offense, strange rotation decisions, and consistent placement of the blame for the team's struggles on his player's lack of intangibles like "toughness" can all be pointed to as reasons the Lakers felt justified in moving on from the former "Showtime" shooting guard.
With Scott gone, the Lakers will conduct a coaching search expected to include names like Golden State Warriors assistant coach Luke Walton.
Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for the latest updates on the Lakers' coaching search and the free agent pursuits they affect. All stats per Basketball Reference, and you can follow this author on Twitter at @hmfaigen.