Thursday, July 31, 2014

Magic Johnson: Jerry Buss wanted Byron Scott to coach the Lakers

There is an understandable reverence among Lakers fans for Jerry Buss.

The late owner ran the franchise in a top-notch manner, so many of his moves turning to gold.

One that didn’t work, at least how the Lakers hoped: Hiring Mike Brown.

But, according to Magic Johnson, Brown was not Buss’ top choice.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Report: Lakers say ‘no done deal’ with Byron Scott

A report emerged late Saturday from an extremely reliable reporter that the Lakers had agreed to terms with Byron Scott to be the team’s next head coach.

Scott himself certainly acted as though the deal was done, too.

“It feels fantastic,” he told Jim Hill of KCBS-TV. “This is a dream come true. I always wanted to coach the Lakers, especially when I got to coaching. It’s so unreal. I have to thank [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak], Jeanie and Jim Buss to give me this opportunity.”

But there’s one minor problem with all of this: the Lakers say a deal hasn’t yet been reached.
From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Lakers, Byron Scott agree to 4-year deal

The Lakers took their time, but they indeed finally settled on a coach as they started contract negotiations Friday with Byron Scott, according to ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard.

Carlos Boozer Introductory Press Conference

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Report: Wesley Johnson signs 1-year deal with Lakers

Wesley Johnson has signed a one-year, $1 million deal with the Lakers, according to ESPN's Chris Broussard.

The small forward averaged 9.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 28.4 minutes per game last year, his first with the team. He made a career-high 37 percent of his three-point attempts.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Kobe on Lakers’ offseason: “I’m happy with the effort”

The Lakers met with LeBron James’ agent, which is as much as any team did save the only place the game’s best player was going to go if he wasn’t staying in Miami. The Lakers missed on that one.

The Lakers got a meeting with Carmelo Anthony, offered a max contact and got him to seriously consider it. But he decided for another major market and an extra $27 million guaranteed. Another miss.

So the Lakers went to their Plan B of guys on short contracts so they can make runs next year — Carlos Boozer, Jordan Hill, Jeremy Lin, Nick Young, Ed Davis, Xavier Henry.