Lakers appoint Scott as head coach

Mon Jul 28, 2014 11:32pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, bringing an end to their "extensive and thorough" search for Mike D'Antoni's replacement.

Scott, 53, was a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant 'Showtime' era in the 1980s and has worked as a head coach in the league for 13 years, most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers

He was fired by the Cavaliers on April 18 last year after compiling a record of 64-166 during his three seasons in charge, and has since worked as an analyst for the Lakers' television broadcast partner, TWC SportsNet.

"After an extensive and thorough search, we're proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach," Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said in a statement.

"Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this franchise forward."

Scott, the NBA's coach of the year in 2008 after his first winning season as head coach of the New Orleans Hornets, has been signed by the Lakers to a multi-year contract, though no financial details were revealed by the team.

"I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work alongside Mitch and the Buss family," said Scott.

"I know firsthand what it takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and dedicated our fans are.   Continued...

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott gives instructions to his team during the fourth quarter of their NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden in New York December 15, 2012.    REUTERS/Adam Hunger