Byron Scott'south status to be a key topic for the Lakers in off-season

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 6:59 PM

He's one more guaranteed year on his contract for about $4 million and he'll have presided over the two worst seasons in Lakers history. Team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have deliberately keep off pondering Scott'south future until after this season.

Byron Scott'south status to be a key topic for the Lakers in off-season

There'south a lot to be determined once the LA Lakers' season ends, mainly what to do with coach Byron Scott.

He's one more guaranteed year on his contract for about $4 million and he'll have presided over the two worst seasons in Lakers history.

Team executives Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak have deliberately keep off pondering Scott'south future until after this season. It might get awhile, even after the Lakers' season finale next Wednesday.

The team has until June one to inform Scott whether he'll be retained, as per terms of his contract, according to a person familiar with the situation.

Scott has some sympathizers in the Lakers' hierarchy. He's had to deal with Kobe Bryant'south eroding play while relying heavily on four youthful players - Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Larry Nance Jr.

There'south also some curiosity regarding what Scott would do with a better roster. With Bryant'south contract coming off the books, along with underperforming middle Roy Hibbert, the Lakers will have about $55 million to spend on free agents this summer, probably sufficient to sign two maximum-salaried players.

But the Lakers were 21-61 latest season, and Wednesday clinched an even worse label after losing to the LA Clippers, 91-81. With only four games left, the Lakers (16-62) will finish with the lowest winning percentage in their 68-year history.

If Scott got fired, he'd be the third Lakers coach in a row to exit before his contract expired, joining Mike Brown, who was fired, and Mike D'Antoni, who resigned.

Scott, for his part, tried to analyze how he'd fared this season.

"Probably like our players - up and down," he said Wednesday. "I'm very critical of myself. I think I could've done better. I still think I can do better. The thing I see at is I've got a bunch of youthful guys that I also have to sometimes treat with kid gloves as well. That'south the new me. That'south not the old me."

Scott has been criticized for using a lot of "tough love" with the younger players, freely critiquing their deficiencies in interviews and frequently employing a no-nonsense approach.

"With our youthful guys, could I've probably done a better job? Probably so," Scott said. "And I've got to see at that this summer. I've also got to see at how can I assistance them following year to obtain even better."

At the same time, Scott said his communication skills had improved with the Lakers' youthful nucleus, none of whom was over age 23.

"you've to obtain used to it," he said. "I don't think you've to give up who you are ... but you do have to adapt and realize that presently the communication level has to be much better.

"With these youthful guys, I've definitely done a better work of understanding that this is a different generation and that you've to communicate a lot differently instead of just, 'I wish you to running down the court, set a screen and arrive off a pick.' When you hear the question 'Why?' you have to be able to explain that."

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