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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