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Lakers to hire Byron Scott
According to sources, the Lakers have decided on a head coach: Byron Scott, who won three titles with the team and was a key teammate of Magic Johnson's. Scott, according to sources, will earn $17 million over four years and has Kobe Bryant's endorsement. Will he be able to turn the struggling franchise around?
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The "next Michael Jordan" debate/discussion will never stop raging. Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford, though, thinks the case has been closed for a long time.
Speaking to the crowd at the Seattle Basketball Pro Am, the Emerald City native introduced Kobe Bryant as "this generation's Michael Jordan." Check it out, as captured by davidverts on Instagram:
Bryant certainly has something of a claim, using his prodigious shot-creating ability to win five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Others, though, believe LeBron James deserves the title, while many surely believe there will never be a "next Michael."
What do you think?
NBA free agency predictions?
NBA free agents can't officially sign until Thursday. But the noise surrounding the league's best available players just keeps growing. LeBron James reportedly is considering the Cleveland Cavaliers. His former Miami Heat teammate Chris Bosh apparently is interested in the Houston Rockets. Carmelo Anthony could leave the New York Knicks for the Los Angeles Lakers, while Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson might join Melo in L.A., or take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks. How will it all play out?
D'Antoni resigns as Lakers coach
Mike D'Antoni has resigned as Los Angeles Lakers head coach after the team declined to pick up his option for 2015-16. D'Antoni didn't exactly cover himself in glory in 2013-14 -- the Lakers' 27 wins were the franchise's fewest since it moved to Southern California -- but the coach was without Kobe Bryant for all but six games and stuck with a team filled mostly with castoffs. In other words, no matter who Los Angeles hires, the team's future still is murky.