The LA Lakers' final game of the season may have been all about Kobe Bryant, but the franchise still has to move on without the NBA legend, with the focus now shifting towards next season.
One of the main issues that fans would like to see put to bed before the start of next season is that of head coach Byron Scott, who some fans think should be out of a job because of the team finishing with the second lowest record in the NBA this season, and being 38-126 since taking over two years ago.
Mitch Kupchak, the Lakers' general manager, and owner Jim Buss are expected to meet with Scott for lunch in a few days time to talk about their options. The head coach has just taken the criticism on the chin, according to Fox Sports.
''That's fine,'' he said: ''I roll with the punches. (Fans) are not in there every day. They're not in there in practice. They have no clue. To be honest, I'm much smarter than all of them when it comes to basketball.''
Kupchak feels Scott has done a good job so far with the team but didn't make any guarantees on his future with the Lakers.
''Byron has done an excellent job under the circumstances that he's had to deal with,'' Kupchak said: ''This year in particular was a difficult year for a coach to wade his way through.''
Life without Bryant at the Lakers will begin with or without Scott at the helm next season. Kupchak and Buss must decide if he is the right head coach for the franchise that looks to move on without one of the best players the league has ever seen.