Byron Scott was considered the favorite to replace Mike D’Antoni as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers before he even resigned.
It appears he’s still the favorite right now, too.
According to multiple outlets, including ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard, Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss met for a second time with Scott on Tuesday as the team continues to carry out their extensive coaching search.
Scott is the first candidate to earn a second interview with the team.
Also, according to Dave McMenamin from ESPN Los Angeles, Scott is “considered the leader in the clubhouse” at this moment in time.
However, the Lakers will continue to take their time with their coaching search, especially seeing as the Cleveland Cavaliers – who fired Scott in 2013 – are the only other team in the league currently with a head coaching vacancy.
While there’s a 50-50 chance the purple and gold could have a new coach in place by the NBA Draft on June 26th, it’s also possible the team keep their head coaching vacancy open until free agency in July just in case a big name free agent such as LeBron James or Carmelo Anthony can be lured to Hollywood by having input in the team’s pending hire.