If you’ve followed the Los Angeles Lakers at any point during the last two seasons, you probably understand that former head coach Byron Scott is basically the Windows 95 of NBA coaches. He has a very “dial-up Internet” philosophy and any time it looks like his team is performing well, they immediately find a way to crash.
After winning just 38 games in two seasons (one fewer than Luke Walton won in 43 games with the Warriors), the Lakers had no choice but to let Scott go. It made sense. He’s an outdated coach that can’t win, dealing with a team of mostly young players.
But two days ago, Scott said he was “blindsided” by the firing on The Dan Patrick Show.
“I was a little blindsided by it, you know it was one of those things that were unfortunate, you know, especially for me, you know I thought the situation that we had talked about a few years ago, that they knew the situation was going to take a few years and they had given me the knowledge that, hey, we're with you, behind you, we know it's going to take two, three years to get this turned around.”
Scott later said that he wishes he could have played his veteran players more, rather than focusing on rebuilding (via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News). That could have potentially saved his job (I use “potentially” very loosely).
“If I knew this was coming, I would have played Lou [Williams], Brandon [Bass] and guys like that a whole lot more,” Scott said. “They gave me the best chance to win.”
I’m not going to pretend Scott inherited an easy situation with the Lakers. Dealing with an aging Kobe Bryant that won’t let go, on a team filled with young talent, that’s a recipe for disaster. But I don’t care if you’re fielding a college team. If you lose 38 of 164 games in any sport, don’t act like you were “blindsided” after getting fired.
It seems like everyone in Los Angeles knew Byron Scott was getting fired, except Byron Scott.