On Sunday, an apparently scathing Outside the Lines will debut on ESPN detailing the decline of the Lakers over the past few years. Today, however, a quote from Byron Scott was released to the public on what he thought of Jim Buss.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) October 21, 2016
I take issue with this quote, as many Lakers fans who paid attention to the team over the past two seasons will. There’s really no way around the fact that Byron Scott was a pretty horrible coach. Certain fans (me) created a petition for his dismissal just two games into last season, yet we had to suffer through an entire year of bad rotations and nonsensical quotes telling his players to “man up”. I think it’s pretty safe to say that if Jim Buss hadn’t fired Byron, the overwhelming majority of the Lakers’ fan base would want Jim Buss to step down.
It’s been said on Twitter by multiple people, but I’ll go ahead and reiterate what many others have said: If Jim Buss did a great job, Byron Scott would have never been the coach of the Lakers in the first place.
However, this will hopefully be the last time I have to comment on the coach with the worst two records in Lakers’ basketball history. I don’t want to have to pay the “Byron Tax” like Anthony and Harrison at Silver Screen and Roll have had to do.
ESPN’s OTL Lakers Dynasty Derailed premiers Sunday morning at 9ET on ESPN 2.
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