After once guiding them during the “Showtime Era,” Byron Scott could guide the Lakers through their current rebuilding era.
Scott interviewed with both Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and vice president of basketball operations Jim Buss on Tuesday, a development was first reported by ESPN.
“I had a great time talking with those guys,” Scott said on SiriusXM NBA Radio with hosts Frank Isola and Malik Rose. “Obviously I go way back with Mitch. We were teammates for a while and won a couple of championships together, so it was good. That’s basically all I can tell you. It was good, I had a lot of fun talking to them. Hopefully we’ll be talking again soon and we’ll see what happens.”
Former Lakers and Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy interviewed with the Lakers on Wednesday, according to a league source. But his meeting was only with Kupchak, and not Buss.
In addition to spending 10 of his 14-year NBA career with the Lakers, Scott had head-coaching stints with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was fired last year after the Cavaliers lost 16 of their final 18 games to finish at 24-58, the third-worst record in the NBA. But Scott led the Nets to two NBA Finals appearances in 2002 and 2003 before losing to the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs in subsequent years and was also named the NBA’s Coach of the Year for guiding the Hornets into the playoffs for the 2007-08 season.
Scott is considered close with Kobe Bryant after providing a mentor role for the Lakers’ star during his rookie season in the 1996-97 campaign.