There are multiple reports that the Los Angeles Lakers have offered their head coaching job to Byron Scott. The news, first reported by ESPN's Chris Broussard, comes on the heels of rumors that the Lakers were waiting to see how the Doc Rivers situation with the Clippers played out. Scott, long considered a front-runner for the position, played for the Lakers during much of the "Showtime" era.
Though Lakers management has reiterated that Kobe Bryant would not be involved in the head coach selection process, Kobe has publicly endorsed Scott on several occasions, including two weeks ago in Santa Barbara:
"He was my rookie mentor when I first came in the league, so I had to do things like get him doughnuts and run errands for him, things like that," Bryant said. "We've had a tremendously close relationship throughout the years."