Byron Scott

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott was introduced by the team on Tuesday. Scott made sure that the Lakers were all about winning NBA titles, making it clear in his introductory press conference.

"This organization is all about championships. Period," he said, via ESPN.

Scott was hired by the Lakers not too long ago, signing a four-year contract worth over $17 million. He was long considered the frontrunner for the job during the Lakers coaching search until they finally made the decision to go ahead and hire him.

Many, including Kobe Bryant, were in support of the hiring. So was Lakers legend Magic Johnson.

"Showtime's back, baby," Johnson said.

"We came here today to support our brother and our former teammate and champion Byron Scott and also we're here to support the Laker organization. This is a great day for all the former Lakers as well as Lakers fans all over the world. We're just excited for what Byron will bring to the table and get back to playing Laker basketball. ... We wish we could put on a uniform for you and help you, but we're here supporting you and will support you throughout. Again, congrats to the Laker organization. You chose the right guy."

Scott competed with the likes of Kurt Rambis, Alvin Gentry, Mike Dunleavy, Lionel Hollins and George Karl for the job. However, he was the only one out of all the candidates to come in for multiple interviews.

"I just want to thank him for his patience the last six or seven weeks," Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said. "I think it was clear, at least it was clear to us, that Byron was always our first choice."

Scott grew up in Inglewood, California, and he also played for the Lakers. Now he gets to coach them.

"This has been a dream of mine for so long," Scott said. "It's a dream come true to be here sitting here talking to you guys today and be introduced as the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. ... The passion and the love that I have for this organization is second to none. The only thing that I regret is that Dr. (Jerry) Buss isn't here today because he's somebody who showed a lot of love, a lot of confidence in me back in the day."


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