Byron Scott named Lakers head coach

The Los Angeles Lakers appointed former player Byron Scott as their new head coach on Monday, concluding an "extensive and thorough" search for Mike D'Antoni's successor.

Won three NBA championships with Los Angeles as a player

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)

The Los Angeles Lakers confirmed Byron Scott is their new head coach Monday night.

The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement in a news release. Scott will be introduced at a media conference Tuesday at the Lakers training complex.

Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a head coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is the 25th head coach in the 16-time NBA champions' franchise history. 

Johnson inks 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Wesley Johnson to a one-year contract.

The Lakers announced the deal Monday night.

Johnson set career highs when he averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds while playing in a team-high 79 games last season,
including 62 starts.

The 6-foot-7 Johnson also shot a career-best 42.5 per cent from the field in his first season with Los Angeles.

Johnson, 27, was the fourth overall pick in the 2010 draft by Minnesota.

He signed a one-year deal with the Lakers last summer after one season with the Phoenix Suns.

- The Associated Press

Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who have been without a head coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned April 30. Scott is the 25th head coach in the 16-time NBA champions' franchise history.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said he conducted "an extensive and thorough search" with team owner Jim Buss.

"We're proud to welcome Byron back to the Lakers family as our next head coach," Kupchak said. "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 is 416-521 as a head coach for New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, reaching two NBA Finals with the Nets. He has won three division titles, and he was the NBA's coach of the year in 2008.

Scott also was a shooting guard for the Lakers for 11 seasons, playing alongside Magic Johnson during the "Showtime" era. He was a teammate of Lakers star Kobe Bryant during his final NBA season and Bryant has endorsed Scott for his new job.

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

"I will give everything I have to fulfil the championship expectations that our supporters have for us and that we have for ourselves."

Scott spent last season as an analyst on the Lakers' television network, watching their disintegration during a 55-loss season, the most in franchise history. Bryant played just six games last season.

The Lakers interviewed several coaching candidates over the past three months, including Lionel Hollins and George Karl. Scott has been widely considered the front-runner for the job since early summer, but Kupchak and Buss appeared to be more focused on the NBA draft and free agency than their current team's leadership.


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