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Byron Scott fired by Lakers

Bryon Scott was never going to succeed with the roster he had the past two years in Los Angeles. All he was, was a baby-sitter before they could start over after Kobe Bryant's retirement.

Bryon Scott was never going to succeed with the roster he had the past two years in Los Angeles. All he was, was a baby-sitter before they could start over after Kobe Bryant’s retirement.

It was a weird time that could never have really ended any other way for Byron Scott. On Sunday the former Lakers point guard and long-time NBA coach was fired after two miserable seasons in Los Angeles. And those two years never could have gone a different way.

Scott had an impossible task at hand in Los Angeles. He had to coach a team devoid of talent, with one of the biggest stars in both Lakers history and NBA history at his end – this past year being his farewell tour – and after two awful coaching hires since the legendary Phil Jackson left at the end of the 2011 season.

Nobody had any expectations that Scott could turn the Lakers around. Nobody really expected much more than the team’s 38-126 record over the two years he has been there. But with the end of Kobe Bryant’s career and the team having hit rock bottom after a franchise worst 17-65 record, the Lakers are at a point where they can start over and that just happens to include getting a new head coach.

It’s unfortunate for Scott. He’s been in some bad situations as a coach and this is now the fourth and maybe even the final time he’s been fired by a team; the final time because he may never get another chance to coach a team with four firings on his resume.

Scott succeeded in New Jersey, but an alleged run-in with star player Jason Kidd brought an end to a run that saw two trips to the NBA finals in his three full years he was there. Scott helped the re-build of an abysmal New Orleans Hornets team that ended up making the playoffs two years before his firing after only nine games in 2009. Then he took over a terrible Cleveland team that did not have talent and was in a mourning period after LeBron James left them. And then he took over the awful Lakers in an awful situation.

He’s 454-647 in his career. It’s a bad record. It really is.

But the Lakers were another example of a team that need a team as a babysitter while they were going to struggle.

Still, it is impossible to blame the Lakers. They need a complete re-start; even if that meant getting rid of a great a great Lakers ambassador who wanted nothing more but to turn his old team around.

He could only do so much with the team. Jordan Clarkson, Lou Williams, D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle have potential as a young nucleus, but there were too young to win in the loaded western conference and division with quite possibly the greatest team in league history.

This year, the Lakers have the second-most chances to get the No. 1 pick in the NBA Lottery. They have a 55.8-percent chance to get a top three draft pick and can have no worse than the No. 5 overall pick. On top of that, the Lakers will have a ton of cap space to go out and sign a new star player in a year with James and Kevin Durant both on the market. Even the second-tier is incredible with Andre Drummond, DeMar DeRozan, Al Horford and Hassan Whiteside being free agents.

Sticking with anybody from the old-regime when the Lakers can start with a blank slate would not have been a wise move. It’s the truth; just a sad truth for Scott.

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Corey Johns

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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