Byron Scott agreed to four-year, $17 million contract Saturday to become the next head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Scott, who won three NBA championships as a player with Lakers during the Showtime Era, takes over for Mike D’Antoni, who resigned on April 30.
The Lakers had previously contacted Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Lionel Hollins and George Karl about the job, according to ESPN.
Scott’s long association with the Lakers and his close relationship with guard Kobe Bryant made him the favorite for the job. Bryant played with Scott in 1996 in his rookie season.
“He was my rookie mentor when I first came into the league,” Bryant said. “So I had to do things like get his doughnuts and run errands for him and things like that. We’ve had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years. So, obviously, I know him extremely well. He knows me extremely well. I’ve always been a fan of his.”