Byron Scott Named New Head Coach of the Lakers, Team Announces

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Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on Friday, January 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. (Credit: Chris Chambers/Getty Images)

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The Lakers have officially hired Byron Scott as their next coach, ending a search of almost three months by choosing a familiar name to Lakers followers.

He comes with a built-in advantage over the last two Lakers coaches because he didn’t replace Phil Jackson in 2011 and wasn’t chosen instead of Jackson in 2012.

He also has a solid relationship with Kobe Bryant and the Buss family, not to mention familiarity with Lakers fans who remember his role on three championship teams in the 1980s.

Scott, 53, has a four-year deal for $17 million, with a team option for the fourth year. The Lakers will formally introduce him as their coach at a news conference scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday.

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