Scott Hired to Coach Lakers
Los Angeles — The Los Angeles Lakers have confirmed Byron Scott is their new head coach.
The Lakers finally made the long-anticipated announcement Monday night in a news release.
Scott told reporters last weekend he had been hired by the Lakers, who haven’t had a head coach since Mike D’Antoni resigned April 30.
Scott is the former head coach for New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland, reaching two NBA Finals with the Nets. He was the NBA’s coach of the year in 2008.
Scott also was a shooting guard for the Lakers for 11 seasons, playing alongside Magic Johnson during the Showtime era. He was a teammate of Lakers star Kobe Bryant during his final NBA season.
Scott spent last season as an analyst on the Lakers’ television network.
T-wolves Add Williams
Minneapolis — Mo Williams is on his way to Minnesota, which means J.J. Barea could be on his way out.
The Timberwolves and Williams have agreed to a $3.75 million, one-year contract, the player’s agency, Priority Sports, announced on Monday. The agreement gives the Timberwolves an experienced and versatile combo guard to play behind Ricky Rubio.
Williams turns 32 in December and is coming off a season in Portland in which he averaged 9.7 points per game for his lowest output since his rookie year in 2003-04. But his ability to shoot — he is a career 38.5 percent shooter from 3-point range — and handle the ball made him an attractive target for the Timberwolves, who were looking for a quality veteran to play behind Rubio and alongside rookie Zach LaVine next season.
The Timberwolves had one of the most productive starting units in the NBA from an offensive standpoint last season, but the production dipped dramatically when the reserves took the floor. Alexey Shved struggled mightily and was never able to assume the primary ball-handling role that the team envisioned when they brought him over from Russia in 2012.
Rose Back With U.S.
Las Vegas — Derrick Rose says he feels old.
The 25-year-old point guard’s rigorous play on Monday during the U.S. basketball team’s first practice dictated otherwise.
Rose, the Chicago Bulls star who is coming off two knee injuries that kept him out for much of the last two seasons, said he played roughly nine minutes of the team’s scrimmage during a two-hour practice. He added he was excited about how he felt physically.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski was elated with Rose’s play, saying he was most impressed with his defensive pressure and tenaciousness.
Rose, who played just 10 games last season before his season was ended by a torn meniscus in his right knee, said he’s spent much of the summer in Chicago working out, other than a few promotional days in Los Angeles for Adidas. He was happy to be back on the court, playing against and alongside other NBA players.
James Homecoming Sells Out … Sort Of
Akron, Ohio — LeBron James’ hometown says fans quickly claimed the thousands of tickets available for the homecoming event expected to be his first public appearance in the state since announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The free tickets for the Aug. 8 show at InfoCision Stadium were released Monday and were gone within hours.
Akron spokeswoman Stephanie York won’t divulge how many tickets were offered but says demand was overwhelming. She says organizers hope to make more available.
York says the event is more of a show than a party or rally. The stadium holds more than 27,000 people, but it’s unclear how much space will be used for the event.
James has created big buzz by returning to Cleveland four years after leaving for the Miami Heat.