Scott Says Kobe Not Ready to be a Coach

Janell Jones, Sports Writer

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LOS ANGELES – Lakers coach Byron Scott says that Kobe Bryant wouldn’t make a good coach. Scott says he is expecting him to play 82 games and play them well. “To be honest,” Scott says, “Kobe is a guy who’s going to still probably average 23 to 24 points per game.” Their biggest issue is making sure he stays healthy.

At age 36, Bryant’s career is quickly coming to a close. His contract expires after the 2015-2016 season, which would be his 20th season in the league. Although Bryant has never public stated that he would be interested in becoming a coach after retiring, Scott predicted that it wouldn’t be a good career move for the 16-time All Star. “He’s too tough,” Scott says.

He would probably be more demanding than Pat Riley, on guys like himself. It would be tough, plus, he would expect the guys to play like him, to have the same type of passion for the game and the same type of commitment. To be fair there aren’t many elite players who have been successful head coaches in the NBA. Jerry West led the Lakers to the playoffs three times in his short head coaching career. He has been excellent as an executive. Larry Bird has a 147-67 record as a head coach and was named NBA Coach of the Year in 1998. He resigned after losing to the Bulls in the finals. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won two titles as a coach for the Lakers. Guys today however don’t have it like he does. Scott says that he is a dying breed, and Kobe wouldn’t bode well if he wanted to coach.

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