Byron Scott
Scott (left) in 2016
Personal information
Born (1961-03-28) March 28, 1961 (age 63)
Ogden, Utah, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight205 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High schoolMorningside (Inglewood, California)
CollegeArizona State (19791983)
NBA draft1983: 1st round, 4th overall pick
Selected by the San Diego Clippers
Playing career1983–1998
PositionShooting guard
Number4, 00, 11
Coaching career1998–2016
Career history
As player:
19831993Los Angeles Lakers
19931995Indiana Pacers
1995–1996Vancouver Grizzlies
1996–1997Los Angeles Lakers
1997–1998Panathinaikos
As coach:
19982000Sacramento Kings (assistant)
20002004New Jersey Nets
20042009New Orleans Hornets[a]
20102013Cleveland Cavaliers
20142016Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points15,097 (14.1 ppg)
Rebounds2,987 (2.8 rpg)
Assists2,729 (2.5 apg)
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at NBA.com
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com

Byron Antom Scott (born March 28, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player and head coach in the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a player, Scott won three NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers during their Showtime era in the 1980s. He was named the NBA Coach of the Year with the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) in 2008.

Early life and college career

Scott grew up in Inglewood, California, and played at Morningside High School, in the shadow of what was then the Lakers' home arena, The Forum. He played college basketball at Arizona State University for three years and had a successful career with the Sun Devils. He was Pac-10 Freshman of the Year in 1980 and First-team All-Pac-10 in 1983. He averaged 17.5 points per game in his career for the Sun Devils. He left after his junior year, entering the 1983 NBA draft. In 2011, his No. 11 was retired by the Arizona State Sun Devils.

Professional career

NBA

Selected by the San Diego Clippers in the first round, with the fourth pick of the 1983 NBA draft, Scott was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1983 in exchange for Norm Nixon. During his playing career, Scott suited up for the Lakers, Indiana Pacers and Vancouver Grizzlies. Scott was a key player for the Lakers during the Showtime era, being a starter alongside Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and A.C. Green. He played for the Lakers for 10 consecutive seasons (1983–1993). During that time he was on three NBA championship teams (1985, 1987, 1988). As a rookie, Scott was a member of the 1984 all-rookie team, averaging 10.6 PPG in 22 MPG. He led the NBA in three-point field goal percentage (.433) in 1984–85. In 1987–88, Scott enjoyed his best season, leading the NBA champion Lakers in scoring, averaging a career-best 21.7 ppg, and in steals (1.91 spg). He was the Lakers' starting shooting guard from 1984 until 1993.

Scott speaks with the media after winning the 1988 NBA Finals.

Scott was released by the Lakers after the 1992–93 season and signed a free-agent contract with the Pacers. In Game 1 of the Pacers' first-round playoff matchup against the Orlando Magic, Scott hit the game-winning three-point shot with 2.4 seconds left. The Pacers would go on to sweep the Magic and eventually advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the first time in franchise history.

Scott was left unprotected by the Pacers in the 1995 NBA expansion draft and was selected by the Vancouver Grizzlies, where he played one season.

In 1996–97, the last year of Scott's playing career in the NBA, he went back to the Lakers and proved to be a valuable mentor for a team featuring Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones, Nick Van Exel and 18-year-old rookie Kobe Bryant (Scott would be Bryant's coach on the Lakers towards the end of the latter's career).

Panathinaikos

Scott with Panathinaikos in 1998

In the summer of 1997, Scott signed with the Greek Basket League team Panathinaikos for the 1997–98 season. That season, he played with Panathinaikos in both the FIBA Saporta Cup (known then as the FIBA EuroCup), Europe's second-tier level competition after the top-tier EuroLeague, and the Greek Basket League. In the Saporta Cup's 1997–98 season, he averaged 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 1.1 steals, in 25.6 minutes per game, in 17 games played.[1]

Scott helped to lead his team to the Greek Basket League championship with his scoring in many crucial games. In the Greek Basket League's 1997–98 season, he averaged 17.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, in 33.7 minutes per game, in 34 games played.[2] After one season with the Greek Basket League champions, Scott retired from playing professional basketball, and began his coaching career.

Coaching career

Sacramento Kings

Scott began his NBA coaching career in 1998 as an assistant with the Sacramento Kings under Rick Adelman. He served as an advance scout that looked at game plans on offense alongside work in the perimeter.[3]

New Jersey Nets

On June 27, 2000, Scott was hired to coach the New Jersey Nets after being offered the job the previous day by general manager Rod Thorn. He was hired to replace Don Casey, who had been fired on April 26 after coaching the team since last March. Scott was considered for the Indiana Pacers job prior to reaching with Thorn, who himself had been hired recently to try and turn over a team that had missed the playoffs in five of the past six seasons while having had twelve head coaches in 23 seasons as an NBA franchise; the day that Scott was hired was right before the 2000 NBA draft, for which the Nets had the first overall pick.[4]

His team performed poorly in his first year, winning just 26 games with new draft pick Kenyon Martin. Stephen Jackson made an impression as a first-year player having come from the CBA and foreign leagues that year but was not retained. Years later, Jackson called Scott the "worst communicator for young guys".[5] However, the team would improve in dividends in the 2001–02 season with the arrival of Jason Kidd in a trade that sent Stephon Marbury to the Phoenix Suns. Kidd and the Nets won 52 games, a franchise record. In the process, they won their first Atlantic Division crown and were the number one seed. In the first round against the Indiana Pacers, the Nets had to play the full five games to narrowly avoid an upset, which saw them go on a 13-2 barrage in the second overtime to win their first playoff series since 1984. In the semifinals against Charlotte, they dispatched them in five games to advance to their first Conference Finals as an NBA team and first overall semifinal since the ABA era in 1976. They faced the Boston Celtics in the Conference Finals and split the first four games, which notably saw them blow a 26-point lead in Game 3. The Nets rallied with decisive victories in Game 5 and 6 to win the series. They appeared in their first NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers, who were headlined by Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant in their third straight NBA Finals appearance. In Game 1, Kidd had the first triple-double in an NBA Finals since 1993, but the Lakers led by a score of 42–19 only six minutes into the second quarter and never looked back in a 99–94 win. In Game 2, the Nets were down six by the first quarter being over and never cut into the lead after that on the road to a 23-point loss. Game 3 was the only tight game that saw the Nets lead until Robert Horry made a three-point shot with 3:04 to go that gave the Lakers a go-ahead lead they never lost.[6] The Nets lost Game 4 by a score of 113–107 as the Lakers won their third straight championship.

The following campaign saw them regress to 49 wins, marred by injuries to newly acquired Dikembe Mutombo that saw Kidd as their lone All-Star. They were 34–15 at the All-Star break, but they played below .500 the rest of the year to wind up with 49 wins, which was one short of the Detroit Pistons for the number one seed in the East. In the First Round against the Milwaukee Bucks, they split the first four games before eventually pulling out a series win in Game 6. They did not lose again for the next two rounds, dispatching Boston in the Semifinals and the Pistons in a straight sweep to win their second straight conference championship. They were matched in the NBA Finals to face the 60-win San Antonio Spurs, headlined by two-time league MVP Tim Duncan, a retiring David Robinson, and future stars Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. The two teams split the first four games. The Spurs won Game 1 after a 32-17 third quarter to ultimately win by 12, but New Jersey won Game 2 after a ten-point fourth quarter lead nearly turned into a loss before a missed three point shot with seconds remaining meant the Nets held on to win 87–85.[7] In Game 3, the Spurs trailed by three before the fourth quarter started but took the lead with eight minutes remaining and never relinquished it.[8] Game 4 saw the Nets lead by eleven points in a tight defensive affair that saw both teams score under 80 points for the only time in the series. The Spurs were up by one in the fourth quarter after a busy third quarter, but Kidd made four free throws in the final nine seconds as the Nets won 77–76 to tie the series.[9] In Game 5, the Spurs took control early and led for a majority of the game, and after making a shot in the third quarter with three minutes remaining to take the lead back, they never looked back in a 93–83 win.[10] Game 6 saw the Nets on the brink of elimination. The Nets took the lead on the very first points and even had a 10-point barrage at one point, but they were only up three points at halftime. By the end of the third, they were up 63-57 and had not trailed once.[11] The Nets led 72–63 with 8:55 left to play in the fourth quarter. However, the Nets went cold in an instant, losing the lead through the help of Duncan and newly acquired Stephen Jackson to score ten points in the span of two minutes. The Nets scored just five points in the last 8:55 of the game while the Spurs ended up with 25 in that same span as the Nets allowed 19 unanswered points, complete with Duncan nearly having a quadruple-double (21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists, 8 blocks) while a retiring Robinson had 13 points and 17 rebounds. The Nets scored 492 total points in the series, the second lowest for a six-game series while shooting 34.5%.[12] Kidd was quoted as saying that the team lost their composure and "unraveled".[13]

By July 2003, tension was apparent with the Nets, who were being dogged by reports that Kidd asked that Scott to be fired in order for him to agree to re-sign to a six-year contract. Scott himself admitted that his stubborn qualities with Kidd requires him to need to try to be more of a "taskmaster" in being more hands on, particularly with the departure of assistant coach Eddie Jordan, who had left for the Washington Wizards after having done his share of calling plays. Scott was approaching the 2003–04 season as the last one of his contract while being dogged by articles that had anonymous sources criticizing his coaching in the 2003 NBA Finals.[14]

Scott was fired during the 2003–04 season, as New Jersey had a disappointing 22–20 record coming into the All-Star break, even though they were leading their division at the time of his dismissal. Rumors of a rift between Scott and Kidd circulated media outlets, with sources allegedly claiming that Kidd wanted Scott out of Jersey. All the parties, including Rod Thorn, denied the reports. Scott claimed that he was "very surprised" by the report and that he and Kidd "always got along". Kidd stated later that "Sometimes change or a different voice is good."[15][16]

He was succeeded by his assistant Lawrence Frank. While coaching the Nets, Scott lived in Livingston, New Jersey.[17]

New Orleans Hornets

Byron Scott talks to Chris Paul in a 2009 game; Scott was head coach of the New Orleans Hornets from 2004 to 2009.

Scott became the head coach of the New Orleans Hornets in 2004. Chris Paul was drafted by the team in 2005, and was named Rookie of the Year. In the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, he guided the team to a pair of sub .500 seasons. One obstacle was that the team played most of its home games in Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina's devastation of New Orleans.

In the 2007–08 season, Scott had his first winning season as the Hornets head coach. They had a winning percentage of .683 with a record of 56–26. They became Southwest Division champions and finished 2nd overall in the Western Conference. He was named the head coach of the 2008 Western Conference All-Star team, and a few months after, he was awarded the 2007–08 NBA Coach of the Year Award. Due to his success, the Hornets awarded Scott with a two-year extension.

The Hornets had a 30–11 home record and a 26–15 road record and clinched the second seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. The Hornets won their first-round series against the Dallas Mavericks, posting a 4–1 record for the series. They would go on to face the defending champion San Antonio Spurs in the conference semifinals. An unusual trend of home court blowouts would mark the series until the deciding game 7 when the veteran Spurs would pull out a 91–82 win on the Hornets rowdy home court. The win marked the 100th playoff victory for Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.

In the 2008–09 season, the Hornets finished 49–33 and entered the playoffs as a seventh seed. They faced the Denver Nuggets in the first round, losing after five brutal games, including a 58-point loss in game 4, which tied the worst margin of defeat in NBA postseason history.[18][19] Scott was relieved from his head coaching duties for the Hornets on November 12, 2009, following a 3–6 start.[20] He was mentioned as a candidate for several NBA coaching jobs, including the Los Angeles Clippers, but nothing came to fruition.[21]

Following his dismissal, he briefly served as a studio analyst for the NBA on ESPN.

Cleveland Cavaliers

Byron Scott (left) coaching the Cavaliers in 2013

On July 1, 2010, Scott was named head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, a few days before the team lost star LeBron James to the Miami Heat.[22][23][24] During Scott's first season at the helm of the Cavaliers, he watched his team endure a 26-game losing streak, which was then the longest such streak in NBA history. Scott was reunited with Baron Davis (whom he coached with the Hornets) when a mid-season trade brought Davis to Cleveland, and helped the Cavaliers close the season with several victories,[25] including a 102–90 upset victory over LeBron James and the Miami Heat,[26] which ensured that Cleveland did not have the worst record in the league at the season's end.[27]

Cleveland used their first overall pick to draft Kyrie Irving, who became the second point guard Scott coached to the Rookie of the Year award. His second season in Cleveland saw them show some improvement in a shortened 66-game schedule.

On April 18, 2013, Scott was fired by Cleveland Cavaliers management.[28][29] Though the Cavaliers ranked in the bottom five of the league in defensive efficiency in each of his three seasons,[30] analysts were surprised at the firing given the team's young and oft-injured rosters.[31] Irving and other Cavaliers players expressed their disappointment with the firing.[32]

Los Angeles Lakers

Scott spent the 2013–14 season as a Lakers television analyst on Time Warner Cable SportsNet.[33] After the season, he was the frontrunner to become the new Lakers head coach. He interviewed three times for the position, which had become vacant after Mike D'Antoni's resignation.[34] On July 28, 2014, he signed a multi-year contract to coach the Lakers.[35][36]

With the team rebuilding in 2014–15, Scott finished his first season as coach of the Lakers with a 21–61 record. In the 2015 NBA draft, the Lakers selected Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell with the second overall pick. The Lakers finished a franchise-worst 17–65 in 2015–16, Kobe Bryant's final season before retiring. On April 24, 2016, the Lakers did not exercise their option on Scott's contract for the following season, deciding to pursue a new coach.[37] His 38–126 (.232) record with the team was the worst of any of the 16 coaches who had led the franchise for at least two seasons.[38][39]

NBA career statistics

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high
 †  Won an NBA championship  *  Led the league

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1983–84 L.A. Lakers 74 49 22.1 .484 .235 .806 2.2 2.4 1.1 .3 10.6
1984–85 L.A. Lakers 81 65 28.5 .539 .433* .820 2.6 3.0 1.1 .2 16.0
1985–86 L.A. Lakers 76 62 28.8 .513 .361 .784 2.5 2.2 1.1 .2 15.4
1986–87 L.A. Lakers 82 82 33.3 .489 .436 .892 3.5 3.4 1.5 .2 17.0
1987–88 L.A. Lakers 81 81 37.6 .527 .346 .858 4.1 4.1 1.9 .3 21.7
1988–89 L.A. Lakers 74 73 35.2 .491 .399 .863 4.1 3.1 1.5 .4 19.6
1989–90 L.A. Lakers 77 77 33.7 .470 .423 .766 3.1 3.6 1.0 .4 15.5
1990–91 L.A. Lakers 82 82 32.1 .477 .324 .797 3.0 2.2 1.2 .3 14.5
1991–92 L.A. Lakers 82 82 32.7 .458 .344 .838 3.8 2.8 1.3 .3 14.9
1992–93 L.A. Lakers 58 53 28.9 .449 .326 .848 2.3 2.7 .9 .2 13.7
1993–94 Indiana 67 2 17.9 .467 .365 .805 1.6 2.0 .9 .1 10.4
1994–95 Indiana 80 1 19.1 .455 .389 .850 1.9 1.4 .8 .2 10.0
1995–96 Vancouver 80 0 23.7 .401 .335 .835 2.4 1.5 .8 .3 10.2
1996–97 L.A. Lakers 79 8 18.2 .430 .388 .841 1.5 1.3 .6 .2 6.7
Career 1073 717 28.1 .482 .370 .833 2.8 2.5 1.1 .3 14.1

Playoffs

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
1984 L.A. Lakers 20 0 20.2 .460 .200 .600 1.9 1.7 .9 .1 8.6
1985 L.A. Lakers 19 19 30.8 .517 .476 .795 2.7 2.6 2.2 .2 16.9
1986 L.A. Lakers 14 14 33.6 .497 .353 .905 3.9 3.0 1.4 .1 16.0
1987 L.A. Lakers 18 18 33.8 .490 .206 .791 3.4 3.2 1.1 .2 14.8
1988 L.A. Lakers 24 24 37.4 .499 .436 .865 4.2 2.5 1.4 .2 19.6
1989 L.A. Lakers 11 11 36.5 .494 .385 .836 4.1 2.3 1.6 .2 19.9
1990 L.A. Lakers 9 9 36.1 .462 .382 .769 4.1 2.6 2.2 .3 13.4
1991 L.A. Lakers 18 18 37.7 .511 .526 .794 3.2 1.6 1.3 .2 13.2
1992 L.A. Lakers 4 4 37.0 .500 .583 .889 2.5 3.5 1.5 .3 18.8
1993 L.A. Lakers 5 5 35.4 .500 .533 .783 2.2 1.8 1.0 .0 13.6
1994 Indiana 16 0 14.9 .396 .474 .784 2.1 1.3 .8 .1 7.8
1995 Indiana 17 0 17.5 .340 .265 .882 1.5 .9 .6 .1 6.1
1997 L.A. Lakers 8 0 16.8 .455 .364 .895 1.5 1.4 .1 .0 6.4
Career 183 122 29.3 .482 .395 .819 2.9 2.1 1.2 .2 13.4

Head coaching record

Legend
Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
New Jersey 2000–01 82 26 56 .317 6th in Atlantic Missed playoffs
New Jersey 2001–02 82 52 30 .634 1st in Atlantic 20 11 9 .550 Lost in NBA Finals
New Jersey 2002–03 82 49 33 .598 1st in Atlantic 20 14 6 .700 Lost in NBA Finals
New Jersey 2003–04 42 22 20 .524 (fired)
New Orleans 2004–05 82 18 64 .220 5th in Southwest Missed playoffs
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 2005–06 82 38 44 .463 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
New Orleans/Oklahoma City 2006–07 82 39 43 .476 4th in Southwest Missed playoffs
New Orleans 2007–08 82 56 26 .683 1st in Southwest 12 7 5 .583 Lost in Conference semifinals
New Orleans 2008–09 82 49 33 .598 4th in Southwest 5 1 4 .200 Lost in First round
New Orleans 2009–10 9 3 6 .333 (fired)
Cleveland 2010–11 82 19 63 .232 5th in Central Missed playoffs
Cleveland 2011–12 66 21 45 .318 5th in Central Missed playoffs
Cleveland 2012–13 82 24 58 .293 5th in Central Missed playoffs
L.A. Lakers 2014–15 82 21 61 .256 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
L.A. Lakers 2015–16 82 17 65 .207 5th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Career 1,101 454 647 .412   57 33 24 .579  

Personal life

Scott's non-profit organization, The Byron Scott Children's Fund, has raised more than $15 million over the past decade, with the proceeds going to various children's charities.[citation needed] Scott has recently[when?] served as a studio analyst for ABC's NBA telecasts and was featured on ESPN.[citation needed]

Scott and his ex-wife, Anita, have 3 children.[40] In June 2013, Scott and Anita separated and in March 2014, he filed for divorce after 29 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences.[41]

On July 11, 2020, Scott married Cece Gutierrez, a registered nurse and cast member of VH1's reality show Basketball Wives. He converted to Catholicism in late 2020 following their marriage.[42]

Scott went back to school at Arizona State 37 years after leaving school early when he was drafted by the Lakers, and obtained a bachelor's degree in liberal arts, fulfilling a promise he'd made to his late mother.[43]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ During the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons, the team was known as the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets during their temporary relocation to Oklahoma City due to Hurricane Katrina.

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