Byron Antom Scott (born March 28, 1961) is an American former professional basketball player and current head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). As a player, he was an important component of the Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s. Selected by the San Diego Clippers with the 4th pick of the 1983 NBA draft, he 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).
Scott spent the 2013–14 season as a Lakers television analyst on Time Warner Cable SportsNet. After the season, he was the frontrunner to become the new Lakers head coach. Scott interviewed three times for the position, which had become vacant after Mike D’Antoni’s resignation. On July 28, 2014, he signed a multi-year contract to coach the Lakers.
With the team clearly rebuilding, Scott finished his first season as coach of the Lakers with a 21-61 record. Having a strong history of developing point guards, Scott was influential in the Lakers selecting Ohio State point guard D’Angelo Russell over Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the 2nd overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.
Career highlights and awards As player:
3× NBA champion (1985, 1987–1988)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (1984)
First-team All-Pac-10 (1983)
NBA Coach of the Year (2008)
2× NBA All-Star Game head coach (2002, 2008)