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On the 29th of July, 2014, Inglewood native Byron Scott went home.
After winning three NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during the 1980s and mentoring a rookie Kobe Bryant in the 1996-97 season, Scott left Hollywood to carve out a successful coaching career in New Jersey and New Orleans. Of course, Scott would struggle during his three years in Cleveland, though his rosters were anything but stacked.
Now, Scott is looking to re-establish himself as one of the best coaches in the league while also leading his beloved Lakers back into contention. Scott knows that doing so will be a hard task and will require some smart roster moves from Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss along the way, but there is a real sense of unity within the Lakers’ organization right now and the franchise seems focused on getting the job done.
Here are some photos of Scott’s first day on the job via the Lakers’ official Twitter account.
Welcome home, B. Scott!
It's a family affair. Byron's granddaughter visits him in GM Mitch Kupchak's office. Press conference coming up. pic.twitter.com/bDxGdmmCuR— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 29, 2014
After making his rounds with LA media, Byron Scott gets his portrait taken. pic.twitter.com/VfzlcvFBOB— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 29, 2014