Byron Scott agrees to coach Lakers

Byron Scott reportedly told KCBS-TV that he has struck a deal to become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers after Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

Tells KCBS-TV that he will succeed Mike D'Antoni, who resigned April 30

Byron Scott has compiled a losing record (416-52) in 13 NBA seasons as a head coach with the Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers. (David Liam Kyle/Getty Images)

Byron Scott has told a CBS affiliate station that he is the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach.

Scott told KCBS-TV he has reached a deal with the Lakers, who haven't had a head coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30.

Yet the Lakers insisted they haven't yet reached a deal to hire Scott, the longtime Lakers shooting guard.

He has been a head coach with New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland. first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17-million US contract.

Scott spent last season as a television commentator on the Lakers network.

He was Kobe Bryant's teammate during Bryant's rookie year with the Lakers in 1996-97.

Los Angeles finished 27-55 last season, compiling the most losses in the 16-time NBA champions' history.


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