Byron Scott Will Not Return as Lakers Head Coach Next Season: Source


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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Byron Scott will not be back to coach the Lakers after winning 38 games over two seasons, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

Scott was informed of the decision after the Lakers’ minor-league affiliate lost at the team’s training facility in El Segundo.

Two potential candidates were hired in the last week — Tom Thibodeau by the Minnesota Timberwolves and Scott Brooks by the Washington Wizards.

An intriguing candidate would be Golden State assistant coach Luke Walton. The former Lakers forward coached the Warriors to a 39-4 record earlier this season while head coach Steve Kerr recovered from back surgery.

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