Defence the key for Lakers rebuild, says new coach Byron Scott
Published on Jul 30, 2014 6:30 AM
LOS ANGELES (REUTERS) - With three Los Angeles Lakers greats looking on, newly appointed head coach Byron Scott pledged on Tuesday to make defence his top priority as he bids to revive the flagging fortunes of one of the NBA's most storied franchises.
Scott, a three-time NBA champion with the Lakers during their triumphant "Showtime" era in the 1980s, also said he would look to the past as he strives to develop a "winning" mindset for a team that ended last season with a dismal 27-55 record.
"I am going to do everything in my power... everything I can to bring this team back to where we know it should it be," Scott, 53, told reporters after being formally introduced as coach at the Lakers' training facility in El Segundo.
"This organisation is all about championships, period. We don't look at Western Conference Finals, Western Conference championships. We look at (NBA) championships.
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