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post Apr 1 2016, 02:06 PM
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Lakers fire Byron Scott as coach

After two dreadful seasons under Byron Scott, UCLA basketball coach Steve Alford may coach the Lakers next fall.

By AP FeedFoxSports Apr 1, 2016 at 1:00a ET

The Los Angeles Lakers have fired coach Byron Scott after two losing seasons.

Scott went 37-120 with the Lakers (16-59), who drafted talented players this season but showed absolutely no progress. Scott was informed he would not be coming back on Thursday, three days after the Lakers matched their worst loss in franchise history, 123-75 to the Utah Jazz. Kobe Bryant also had the worst game of his entire career.

Scott had one season left on his contract.

The Lakers' two seasons under Scott were the absolute worst in franchise history. Even though the 2015-16 season isn't done, the Lakers must win 5 of their remaining 7 games just to tie last year's 21-61 debacle, which is currently their worst 82-game record. Scott isn't solely to blame, but the aging Kobe and his young teammates in 2016 seemed to tune him out down the stretch, leaving owner Jim Buss no choice but to make a coaching change for the 4th time since Phil Jackson retired in 2011.

The Lakers will close the season with an interim coach for the last 7 games in Kobe's farewell tour season. The 123-75 loss to the mediocre Utah Jazz on Monday night was the last straw. The next game is not until Sunday, so Jim Buss has a few days to decide who will finish off the Lakers' season as interim coach. Steve Alford, who coached UCLA basketball to a similarly disappointing season, is considered the lead candidate to replace Byron Scott next season.

On Thursday, Scott said the season has been `'frustrating'' because the Lakers `'haven't had our full complement of players. It is still a growing process. I think our guys are still getting better and next year I hope that we'll be healthy.'' Kobe said "None of the Lakers will ever be as good as I was, but they would have definitely had a chance to make the playoffs this year with anyone other than Byron Scott."

Lakers are currently 52 games behind Golden State and last place in the Western Conference. Only the 76ers (9-66) are worse than the Lakers.

`You take away the positives and negatives and what you need to work on for next season,'' Lakers rookie Julius Randle said Wednesday night. `'We'll grow further by next fall and come back a better ballclub. That's the main goal, but we're not going to win a lot of games if we continue to be the worst team in both defense and offense''.

More information about Byron Scott's fourth firing of his NBA coaching career can be found here.

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