Byron Scott’s third interview with Lakers ends without offer

Has a long history with the Lakers, playing for them for 10 consecutive seasons (1983-93) and winning three NBA titles. After retiring form professional basketball in 1998, Scott began his coaching career as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. He has been a head coach with New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09) and Cleveland (2010-13). He has an overall record of 416-521 (.444) and went 33-24 (.579) in the playoffs. Turned 53 in March. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Has a long history with the Lakers, playing for them for 10 consecutive seasons (1983-93) and winning three NBA titles. After retiring form professional basketball in 1998, Scott began his coaching career as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings. He has been a head coach with New Jersey (2000-04), New Orleans (2004-09) and Cleveland (2010-13). He has an overall record of 416-521 (.444) and went 33-24 (.579) in the playoffs. Turned 53 in March. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Byron Scott’s 3 1/2 hour interview on Wednesday with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and executive Jim Buss involved plenty of detail surrounding the team’s assembled roster since free agency began over two weeks ago. But the meeting at an undisclosed location ended without an offer, according to a league source familiar with the situation.

The Lakers indicated they still planned to fill out the rest of the roster that currently features Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Robert Sacre, Julius Randle, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Jordan Hill, Kendall Marshall and Jordan Clarkson. But the Lakers did not indicate how long that process would take or if Scott would need to come in for what would mark his fourth interview, said the league source.

This week, the Lakers expected to make their hire within the next one or two weeks. But a league source familiar with the team’s thought process also added that the hiring “could happen within a couple of days.” The Lakers have also interviewed Mike Dunleavy, Lionel Hollins, Kurt Rambis and Alvin Gentry, but Dunelavy remains the lone candidate already interviewed without a job. Hollins accepted the Brooklyn Nets job after Jason Kidd hastily left for the Milwaukee Bucks. Gentry and Rambis took assistant coaching gigs with Golden State and New York, respectively. Veteran NBA coach George Karl also talked informally with Kupchak, but he has not had a formal interview.

Scott has been considered the heavy favorite ever since the Lakers coaching search started after Mike D’Antoni reisgned on April 30. Scott is believed to be the only candidate who has had multiple interviews. Kobe Bryant recently voiced his approval. Scott also appears to be favored among the Lakers’ fan base considering his experience playing for the Lakers during the Showtime Era.

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  • Bobby-Bottleservice

    What are they wAiting for….sign him already….confidence in Mitch is shot after what they DIDNT do in free agency(No isaih Thomas no Stevenson) now they cant even decide on a coach…SMH…#sellTheLakers!

  • Bobby-Bottleservice

    What are they wAiting for….sign him already….confidence in Mitch is shot after what they DIDNT do in free agency(No isaih Thomas no Stevenson) now they cant even decide on a coach…SMH…#sellTheLakers!

  • Bobby-Bottleservice

    What are they wAiting for….sign him already….confidence in Mitch is shot after what they DIDNT do in free agency(No isaih Thomas no Stevenson) now they cant even decide on a coach…SMH…#sellTheLakers!

    • Thoughtso

      Pause….

    • Asian Jerry West

      It’s not Mitch…It’s that homeless dude Jim Buss…as good as we have had it that’s how bad it’s going to be with Jim running the show….Mark Jackson is the ONLY CHOICE….B Scott will soon lose some of his players wait and see, you heard it here first.

    • Alexandra Fernandez

      It’s called having a “Moron” for an Owner! It’s that simple!

  • buff daddy

    If I were Scott I’d be offended I haven’t been offered the job after 3 interviews

  • LakerSpartan117

    Mark Jackson or Jeff Van Gundy would be great other choices if they don’t roll with Byron. Although I wouldn’t mind him either

    • Ed

      Why would either want to coach for Jim Buss. There is no direction in the Laker front office. Do you think free agents are stupid. Van Gundy could have coached several better teams in the past, now the Lakers, get a grip,

      • Alexandra Fernandez

        Thank you Ed…That’s the point….Carmelo met Jim and said I’m out of here……Pau is playing 1 year for free rather than play another minute for the years, What the Lakers did to Pau, after Phi left was despicable, Than they wanted him back and offered him the max contract they could! No Thanks!

  • Sakit

    It doesn’t matter who the coach is. This team is horrible.

  • Jose

    Are we suddenly turning into a joke. Hire Byron. I feel like we are turning into the laughingstock of the NBA. If the front office cannot settle on a coach sell the team.

    • Delyce22

      The Lakers aren’t turning into the laughingstock of the NBA, They have already turned into that. They are a complete joke.

      • Ed

        Jim/Jeannie Buss.fasted

      • Alexandra Fernandez

        When you have the Biggest Clown for an Owner, that going to happen! lol

    • Guest

      Who can blame the team for taking so long to hire a head coach when their last two didn’t pan out? I like Scott, too, but can’t help but notice that his record with each successive team was worse than the previous one.

      • Spitfire

        Too bad most of the Scott bandwagon doesnt know that. So many Lakers ignorant fans.

        • Alexandra Fernandez

          Spitfire again, without google it, can you list all the great player on Bryons losing teams..Spitfire…

      • Alexandra Fernandez

        Damn, I can’t remember the names of the All-star on this teams or the A player..hum!

    • Asian Jerry West

      wouldn’t it be fantastic to have Magic Johnson as the owner of the team?

  • Vince Staley

    So disappointing…..same team, no coach ( are the Lakers trying save money by waiting to hire a coach ?). All of this talk about making a splash with this hire. I do like Clarkson and Randle. Nick Y. was just a PR ( well liked by the fans, entertaining) signing for this losing squad. Too bad they won’t really matter until after Kobe is gone. The Lakers are in for a long rebuild as Love, Rondo, Durant, Westbrook, the C/F for Portland are not going to sign with the LA.

    • Spitfire

      I am more disappointed in your reply. You and others thinks that you all better than the Lakers FO. If you cant stand the FO. Join Phil and his Knicks. We dont need fans like you, wannabe smart fan. Get a life

      • Alexandra Fernandez

        Jim Buss was a Moron yesterday, today and will always to be a Moron, wake up Spitefire…..Mike Brown, D’Antoni….I could go on but all the basketball world know, except YOU! lol

  • Vince Staley

    I wouldn’t put it past the Lakers to sign Mark Madsen for the next two seasons in a cost cutting move. Nothing would surprise me at this point !!

  • Murfcorp

    If I were B. Scott I would publicly remove myself from this mess…just walk away Byron. How are players on our team supposed to look at this and think this is a good thing? Cannot remember such a brutally painful off season, oh ya…last yr. Cursed deja vu

  • David r

    My sources are telling me Lakers are giving a hard look at the “mad dog”

    • Mac

      Doc Rivers? He did say if ownership didn’t change he would ask for his release? Maybe the lakers are hoping that’s the case?

  • MustardsOffTheHotDog

    This might be the first picture I’ve ever seen of Scott as coach where his arms weren’t folded. On a serious note, although I hate to see Scott’s time wasted with all these interviews, I wish Jim and Mitch would interview Jeff Van Gundy, George Karl and Mark Jackson. Whoever gets the job, I hope he puts the ball in Lin’s hands to run pick and roll. That’s when he’s most effective by far. I think Lin and Hill would be a great combination on the pick and roll.

  • young_talent_needs_young_coach

    Are they secretly debating rick fox?

  • DOC4DaLakeshow

    Mitch is working quietly….there must be another coach to consider im hoping….right now i want Bledsoe

  • Steve Chavez

    There has to be a reason for the delay. However, I’d hate to think that they’d leave Byron hanging like this. It seems like the Lakers were too quick to pull the trigger the last two times and are afraid to jump in the pool all of the sudden. If they want players to have any confidence and come to the Lakers, they are going to need to put their big boy pants on, cut the crap, and make a decision. They have some strong candidates and I think Byron would be the most appropriate for this team. However, if the Lakers don’t think that’s the case, then they should just pick the damned coach they want. The fans aren’t running the team, and the fans shouldn’t run the team no matter how right we know we are.

  • brobie kyant

    I think the lakers front office might be doing this on purpose to get kobe to retire or leave. nobody wants to play with kobe. why else would everyone turn down more money. as long as kobe is there its his team. period

  • Alexandra Fernandez

    Jim Buss continues to show the Basketball World, What the Epitome of a Moron Owner Is, Phil Jackson was available for the Laker and was ready to sign, and who did the Lakers Sign D’Antoni “Laker “Idiot”…than there were 5 Coaches Available Gentry, Hollins, Dunleavy, Rambus, Fisher…They immediately dumped Fisher and Phil swished him up for His Head Coach..lmao…Gentry, Hollis Dunleavy All Experience Coaches GONE! Then the Zen Master, sticks it to Jim, hires Kirk, a True Lakers who Player for the Lakers, won 4 Rings, Played during Show Time, was a Laker Assistant Coach, Had Head Coaching Experience, even His Wife is associated with the Laker Org. He Hires Kurt as an Asst Coach for the Rookie Head Coach Derrick Fisher, How Brilliant….Now Fisher has as Assistant that know Phil, know Fisher, has experience and TOOK A POTENTIAL COACH AWAY FROM THE LAKERS…..Jim, you can’t screw and DISRESPECT A COACH WITH 11 RINGS AND THE MOST CHAMPIONSHIPS IN THE NBA and get away with it, he’s even got your sister. Now you have Byron Scott another admired Laker with 3 Rings you been dangling like a High School Coach. For real Lakers Fans embarrassing and disrespecting him. Oh, if only a top team needed a quality coach, and a real gentleman and hired Byron, I would really Be A Happy Camper!

    • JohnnyHomeless

      Dunleavy’s not gone yet! I think the decision comes down to Scott or Dunleavy. Personally, I like Scott, but Dunleavy is not a bad choice either.

  • King tut

    Jimmy boy is driving the Lakers into the ground! Please Jeanne fire that idiot and bring back Phil.