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Lakers offer Kobe favorite Byron Scott head coaching role

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The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly offered their vacant head coaching role to long-time target Byron Scott in a move that is sure to delight Kobe Bryant as well as Lakers fans.

As first reported by ESPN's Chris Broussard, the two sides are now in the process of negotiating a contract following Lakers owner Jim Buss' decision to offer their former player the position on Thursday.

Kobe's guy

Byron Scott is a safe choice with the Lakers, largely because their one remaining superstar Kobe Bryant has already been on record to voice his support for Scott in the role.

Speaking at the annual Kobe basketball camp back in July Bryant revealed just how much he respected Scott - a player who helped a young Kobe Bryant settle into the LA franchise as an NBA rookie back in 1996.

Scott did however have a warning for Kobe Bryant when asked recently how he would influence the Lakers as a coach. After a clearly successful interview with the franchise back in May, the coach insisted Bryant would have to change his game a little with Scott in the hot seat.

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Showtime Laker

Scott made a name for himself with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, first as part of the showtime era of the 1980s and then during a one season cameo in which he shared the roster with Kobe.

Winning three NBA championships with the LA team he will undoubtedly prove a popular, if safe, choice amongst Lakers fans and will be given some room to manoeuvre due to his close ties to the team.

Coaching career to date

Should Byron Scott choose to accept the offer currently on the table from the Lakers, it will be his fourth head coaching position in the NBA.

Beginning with the New Jersey Nets, Scott has also spent time in charge in New Orleans (2004-2009) and most recently with the Cleveland Cavaliers (2010-2013) and holds a respectable 416-521 record. He also has fairly extensive playoff experience having taken both New Orleans and New Jersey to the postseason - losing both the 2001-02 and 2002-03 NBA Finals in the process.

The task ahead of his in Los Angeles however is sure to be a new challenge. After a dismal 27-55 season the Lakers are hoping a fully fit Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, as well as additions such as Jeremy Lin and Carlos Boozer can help them bounce back.

A new coach would also be a useful and timely arrival.

Update: 

Scott has accepted the offer from the Lakers and will sign a four-year contract worth $17 million

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