Nearly three weeks await before the Lakers begin training camp, leaving Byron Scott not much time to put the finishing touches on finalizing his coaching staff.
In a wide-ranging interview with this newspaper on Tuesday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo, Scott said he has added his son, Thomas, Larry Lewis and Paul Pressey to his staff that already included Jim Eyen and Mark Madsen.
Thomas and Lewis will serve as the assistant/player development coaches, while Eyen, Pressey and Madsen will have an elevated role as assistants. Scott did not specify which coach was considered his lead assistant.
“I’ll be the lead,” Scott said, laughing.
Scott also confirmed an ESPN report that suggested he may hire Igor Kokoskov, who has been an assistant coach with the Serbian national team as well as with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2013-14), Phoenix Suns (2008-13) Detroit Pistons (2003-08) and Clippers (2000-03).
“I’ve talked to a couple of guys, one in particular that is from overseas,” Scott said. “That is not definitive. But I have met with him.”