VIDEO: Byron Scott says he’s a Jeremy Lin fan

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“I’m a Jeremy Lin fan.”

No, that’s not a quote from Mike D’Antoni.

During a recent interview with Time Warner Cable SportsNet, Lakers legend Byron Scott revealed that he’s a fan of Lin and the way he competes when on the court.

“I like Jeremy, I really do. I think he’s a kid that plays the right way [and] plays extremely hard. He seems to always be in attack mode offensively. [He] pushes the ball up the floor as well as anybody in the league,” said Scott, who is considered to be the favorite to land the Lakers’ vacant head coaching position. “Defensively – the thing that I thought was going to his biggest downfall – was something that I thought he really competed at the times I coached against him.

“I’m a Jeremy Lin fan, I think it’s a great move for the Lakers. He’s, I think, looking to kind of re-establish himself because of the injuries that he had last year in Houston and [he] kind of lost his way and lost his job there, and I think he’s going to [come to L.A.] with a little chip on his shoulder, so I thought it was a good move.”

This is good news for Lin – who saw his playing time slashed by Rockets coach Kevin McHale to just 28.9 minutes per game last season – as it sounds like Scott will give the 25-year-old a large role on the team if he ends up landing the coaching job.

During the interview, Byron also spoke about LeBron James returning to Cleveland, how Kobe Bryant will look next season, and also commented on the purple and gold retaining the services of Nick Young and Jordan Hill.

Written by Ross Pickering

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