LA Lakers coaching search: Byron Scott interviewed for second time

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Los Angeles brought in the former Cleveland Cavaliers coach for another meeting on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Lakers have stepped up their search for a new head coach, bringing in Byron Scott for another meeting to discuss the position.

The Lakers have remained in the background while many other teams have filled their coaching vacancies, but it appears the team are now set to make their move for the former Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers coach.

With Derek Fisher joining legendary former coach Phil Jackson in New York as the new head coach of the Knicks, Scott is the clear favourite to land the job in Los Angeles.

The 53-year-old, who played for the Lakers from 1983 to 1993 and also in the 1996-97 season, has declared himself the “perfect fit” for the vacancy, and general manager Mitch Kupchak appears to agree.

One of the big factors in Scott's favour is his relationship with Los Angeles' star shooting guard Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who was a teammate of Scott's with the Lakers in 1996, has been a longtime supporter of the coach and has actively campaigned for him to lead the team.

Scott, however, has said that Bryant will need to “change his game” if he does indeed become the new head coach.

While Scott is the favourite for the job, the search for the new Lakers coach can not be declared over until the appointment is official. After the team fired Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season, it appeared that Phil Jackson would make a glorious return to the team he won five championships with.

Then, in a rapid turn of events, the Lakers hired Mike D'Antoni despite granting Jackson two days to consider whether he would accept the job.

The other candidates who have interviewed for the job are Mike Dunleavy, Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry and Lionel Hollins. It remains to be seen whether one or more of them will be brought in for further meetings, or whether the Lakers brass feel they have found their man in Scott.