From the Nets' point of view, locking up Scott would be a pre-emptive strike against having their coach swiped by the Lakers. Speculation in Los Angeles is that Phil Jackson will probably coach only one more year.
If that came to be, the Lakers would be looking for a coach and Scott would be a free agent at the same time. Scott has been given due consideration in the rumor mill as a Jackson replacement for a variety of reasons. Scott grew up in Los Angeles, spent 11 years with the Lakers as a player, and talks frequently about how he "bleeds purple and gold." He's also still close with members of that organization, including the owners.
"It's no secret that Byron and Kobe (Bryant) are close," McInerny said. "He has a good relationship with Shaquille (O'Neal). Is he attracted to working with those two guys? Sure. But in no way shape or form would he ever try to undermine Phil Jackson. If that opportunity came around, I'm sure he would be interested."
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