In this Lakers rumors and news update, the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to fill their vacant head coaching position within the next "week or two," per a league source cited by ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin.
According to McMenamin, "while former Laker great Byron Scott has been considered the leading candidate for the position for weeks, having gone through two successful interviews with management already and also having received an endorsement from none other than Kobe Bryant last week, even he would likely need another interview before being named coach, according to the source."
Despite the protracted nature of the process, Scott is remaining both upbeat and realistic about his chances.
"It's still open," Scott stated to Time Warner Cable SportsNet on Friday. "I know, in my dealings in talking with Mitch and Jim, they want to get the roster together and then focus on the coaching. So, myself, or whoever else are the other candidates, that's what we're all waiting for and we're kind of looking at what's going on (in free agency) to see if that's all done and then see next week what they're going to do with the coaching vacancy.
"So, it's just one of those things that's a wait-and-see game right now, but like I said, I like the moves that they made today. I think it's going to help the team and strengthen the team and obviously it still puts them in a good, flexible position for next year."
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