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Bulls Beat Up Kobe-Less Lakers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(CHICAGO, Ill.) -- Tuesday night, as Kobe Bryant sat out, the Lakers continued their mediocre season, losing to the Chicago Bulls.

On Christmas Day, the Chicago Bulls defeated the Los Angeles 113-93.

Bulls forward Pau Gasol led Chicago with 23 points and grabbed 13 rebounds against his former team.

Gasol signed a three-year contract with the Bulls this past offseason after spending the previous seven seasons with Los Angeles.

Derek Rose also showed flashes of his MVP caliber talent as he dropped 20 points on the way to Chicago's fifth straight victory.

Kobe sat out again as he rested from general soreness in his knees, Achilles tendons, back and feet.

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Lakers Stun Warriors 115-105

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(LOS ANGELES, Ca) -- The Los Angeles Lakers took down the Golden State Warriors 115-105, Tuesday night in impressive fashion.

Most noteworthy was that the Lakers were dominating the Warriors while Kobe Bryant rested on the bench for a scheduled day of rest. 

Seven players on the Lakers scored 11 points or more. Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Wayne Ellington, Jeremy Lin, Ronnie Prince, Wesley Johnson and Nick Young all reached double digits in a game that wasn't as close as the final score would appear.

"I thought our guys came out really focused on what we had to do on both ends of the floor and we did a great job," said Lakers coach Byron Scott.

"We've been saying this all along to our players, if we compete and can play with energy, we have that second and third effort every single night then we give ourselves a chance to win," Scott added.

The Lakers led by as much as 22 points in the fourth quarter in what was certainly their most impressive win of the season.


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Magic Johnson: 'I Hope the Lakers Lose Every Game'

Akpanudosen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Hall of Famer Magic Johnson thinks the Lakers should cash it in this season and hope for a high draft pick.

"I hope the Lakers lose every game," Johnson told reporters at a promotional event Tuesday in New York City. "Because if you're going to lose, lose. And I'm serious."

The Lakers are tied for the second worst record in the NBA and finished last year with a 27-55 record, which was the worst 82-game stretch in franchise history.

"I don't see teams tanking. It doesn't happen. Maybe there are certain teams in the league -- and this is not one of them -- where ownership sits up there in their office and they're crossing their fingers quietly and hoping," Lakers All-Star Kobe Bryant said. "But the players themselves? Never. Players play. Players play and players try to win every single game. That's just what we do."

Lakers head coach Byron Scott played with Johnson and wasn't looking too much into those comments.

"It's more of a laughing matter to me than anything," Scott said. "I know Ervin and how competitive he is and I understand where he's coming from -- 'Yeah, lose every game and hopefully you'll get the No. 1 pick.' That doesn't guarantee that you're going to get the No. 1 pick. You go out here and try to win as much as you can to try to create that culture of winning again instead of having that loser's mentality. That's how I look at it."

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Byron Scott wants Lakers to Stop Deferring to Kobe Bryant so much

Chris Chamber/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Heading into Saturday, Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is leading the NBA in scoring, but head coach Byron Scott wants the team to stop relying on him so heavily during the course of the game.

The 36-year-old Bryant, who's in his 19th NBA season, is averaging 27.6 points per game. Despite the scoring, Bryant is shooting only .402% from the field.

Also going against Bryant is that he's averaging 24.4 field goal attempts per game, which by far leads the NBA.

‘I know how great this guy is, but you guys have got to play basketball,'” Scott told the team after practice Thursday. “‘You can’t look at him every single time and try to give him the ball. You’ve got to take shots that are there. You can’t pass up shots."

“They can’t be afraid to fail,” Scott said of the team regarding playing with Bryant. “That’s the biggest thing. You’ve just got to be able to go out there and play.”

The Lakers and 76ers are the only team's in the NBA without a win this season.

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Lakers Introduce Byron Scott

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(EL SEGUNDO, Calif.) -- The Los Angeles Lakers introduced former showtime era player and new head coach Byron Scott on Tuesday.

Scott won three titles with the team from 1983 to '93 and played again during Kobe Bryant's rookie season.

"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."

Scott even had the approval from Lakers greats Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Jamaal Wilkes, who were in attendance during the press conference.

"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," Johnson said. "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 received a four-year deal from the team and had been rumored to be named the next head coach for a couple weeks.

"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."

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ESPN: Lakers Hire Byron Scott as Head Coach

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Los Angeles Lakers have signed Byron Scott to a four-year, $17 million contract to be their new head coach, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Scott's name has been affiliated with the job for months now, but ESPN reports that the Lakers wanted to wait to fill out their roster before hiring a coach.

Scott is familiar with the organization serving as a TV analyst for the team last season.

Scott also played for the Lakers for 11 seasons. His last season  with the team (1996-97) was Kobe Bryant's first. Bryant has stated that during that season Scott served as a mentor to him.

Scott has coached 13 NBA seasons split between the Nets, Hornets and Cavaliers. During that time he compiled a 416-521 record and led the Nets to back-to-back championship appearances in 2002 and 2003.


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Lakers Offer Byron Scott Head Coaching Spot

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- It has been almost three months since the Los Angeles Lakers have had a head coach. On Friday, the team reportedly offered the job to Byron Scott and are currently negotiating terms of a contract.

League sources said that a verbal offer was made to Scott after he spoke with Lakers owner Jim Buss on Thursday night. 

Scott played for the Lakers from 1983-1993 and again in 1996-97 season, winning three NBA Championships while playing with Magic Johnson. In more than 13 seasons as a head coach, Scott has roamed the sidelines with the New Jersey Nets, New Orleans Hornets and Cleveland Cavaliers. He was hired in 2010 by the Cavaliers just days before LeBron James left for Miami and spent the last four seasons in Cleveland.

Superstar Kobe Bryant, who played with Scott as a rookie in 1996, gave his endorsement of the hiring. The Lakers have not had a coach since Mike D'Antoni resigned back in April. Scott becomes the fourth head coach for Los Angeles since 2011.

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Byron Scott Think He'd be a Perfect Fit for the Lakers

Chris Chambers/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their search for a new head coach, a familiar face hopes to take over the team as Byron Scott has publicly advocated that he hopes to get the job.

Scott spent 11 of his 14-year NBA career with the Lakers, and even was a former teammate of guard Kobe Bryant.

The Lakers have fallen on hard times as of late, and Scott feels that he's the right man to help get the team back to the postseason.

"I think it's the best organization in all of basketball," Scott said. "It would mean a great deal to me, just because of that, No. 1, that I've played for this organization. I know what it's all about. It's all about winning championships, and No. 2, for Dr. [Jerry] Buss, who was a guy who defended me when I was coaching."

Scott has been a head coach for the New Jersey Nets as well as the Cleveland Cavaliers.

In 13 seasons as a coach, Scott has gone 416-521.

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Cavaliers Hire Mike Brown

NBA/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Mike Brown is returning to Cleveland.  Brown and the Cavaliers agreed on a five-year deal worth $20 million, according to

Brown was fired by the Lakers at the beginning of this season and has spent his time off with family.  Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert and general manager Chris Grant met with Brown over the weekend in Detroit.

Gilbert and Brown have maintained a good relationship, despite Brown being fired after the 2010 season.

Cleveland finished 24-58 under Byron Scott this season, which led to his firing last week.

Brown coached the Cavaliers from 2008-2010 and led them to back-to-back 60 win seasons before being let go.

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Sources: Mike Brown Close to Cleveland Reunion?

NBA/Getty Images(CLEVELAND) -- Mike Brown could be headed back to Cleveland.  After the Cavaliers fired head coach Byron Scott on Thursday, there is a lot of interest in Brown making a return, according to league sources.

Brown coached in Cleveland from 2008-2010, before being fired. 

"We have not started that process," Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant said on Thursday. "We're looking for someone with proven success, looking for someone who has a strong defensive system, someone who is a teacher, grinder and a worker."

Brown coached the Cavaliers to back-to-back 60 win seasons before being let go.  The Lakers let go of Brown this season and hired Mike D'Antoni.

Brown still has two years and more than $8 million left on his deal with the Lakers. He's previously said after his stint in Los Angeles, he would take time off to be with his family.

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