Los Angeles D-Fenders

Byron Scott out as Lakers' coach

Byron Scott out as Lakers' coach

Byron Scott will not be back to coach the Lakers after winning only 38 games over the worst two seasons in the franchise's 68-year history.

Scott was thanked for his “hard work, dedication and loyalty,” but the team decided it was “in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time,” according to a brief statement from Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak released by the team about 9:15 p.m. Sunday.

Kupchak and team Vice President Jim Buss made the decision jointly, according to a person who was familiar with the situation. Team President Jeanie Buss “absolutely” did not take part in the process, continuing to allow her...