The Lakers may be in the midst of one of their worst seasons in franchise history, but their coach's job is safe, at least for this season. 

Byron Scott, who in his 15th year as an NBA head coach, will not be fired midseason, according to USA Today Sports. The report said the team believes Scott is not responsible for the Lakers' terrible record (2-15) or the dreadful performance of Kobe Bryant in his final season.

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While many projected this Lakers team to struggle, the inconsistent playing time of youngsters Julius Randle and D'Angelo Russell has raised questions about Scott's player development strategy. Also, Scott's refusal to bench Bryant while he shoots 30 percent from the field has led to concerns about the coach's in-game management.

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Scott signed a four-year, $17 million contract in July 2014, but the Lakers hold a team option for the final year of the deal. His $4.25 million annual salary, which is the 12th-highest in the league according to, seems pricy for the coach of a team on pace for about 11 wins.


f there is a silver lining for Scott, it's that the Lakers are slated to have approximately $66 million in salary cap room next season and a high pick in the NBA Draft — that is, if the team doesn't cut ties with him after the season ends.