Byron Scott, who played an important role for the Lakers during the team's Showtime era in 1980s, returned to the team in July 2014 when he was named the 25th coach in Lakers franchise history.
Scott took over for Mike D'Antoni, who announced his resignation in April after the injury-depleted Lakers stumbled to a 27-55 record in 2013-14.
Flanked by Lakers greats Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson during his introductory news conference, Scott said he was looking forward to the challenge of resurrecting the team to its past glory.
“This organization is all about championships. Period,” Scott said. “We don’t look at Western Conference finals, Western Conference championships. We look at championships. We know we have some work ahead of us, I’m excited.”
Scott played 11 years with the Lakers and won NBA titles with the team in 1985, 1987 and 1988. A Los Angeles native who played basketball at Morningside High School in Inglewood, Scott’s last year in the NBA was with the Lakers in 1996-97, Kobe Bryant’s rookie season.
After retiring from basketball in 1998, Scott became an assistant coach with the Sacramento Kings before landing his first head-coaching job with the New Jersey Nets. He later went on to coach for more than five seasons with the New Orleans Hornets, where he was named the 2007-08 NBA Coach of the Year. He then embarked on a three-year coaching stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers before being fired in 2013. Scott joined the Lakers with a 416-521 record as an NBA coach.