Then, in New Orleans, Scott supervised Chris Paul and David West to the No. 1 seeding in the Western Conference in 2008. They did lose Game 7 at home to San Antonio in the second round, but they played with the confidence that Scott transmits.Fourth, Scott knows how to deal with stars. He had Paul in New Orleans and the young Kyrie Irving in Cleveland. He also had Jason Kidd and Richard Jefferson in New Jersey. Kidd was accused of plotting Scott’s demise, on the basis that Scott didn’t work hard enough, that he wasn’t a video freak who made the players memorize 146-page scouting reports. Lawrence Frank was such a technocrat, and Frank became the Nets’ coach. Which is pretty funny, considering that Frank was Kidd’s assistant coach in New Jersey this year until Kidd sensed that Frank wanted to do too much of the coaching, and thus fired him.Fifth, and probably most important, Scott is a Laker. The past five Lakers coaches really weren’t Lakers, although Jackson bridged that gap by winning five championships. The most obvious non-Laker was Mike D’Antoni, whose frustration led him to snipe at players, particularly Pau Gasol, in the media, and then looked helpless as the avalanche deepened. Mostly D’Antoni projected himself as a victim, whether intentionally or not.Lakers fans don’t deal with victimhood, unless it comes after a whistle by Joey Crawford. Lakers fans want self-assurance and style and total command. They got it with Jackson and Pat Riley, and they basically didn’t accept anyone else. They would get that same tailored cool from Scott.Either one of the Van Gundy brothers, Stan or Jeff, would have brought credibility but not that sense of diffident control. Lionel Hollins would have, but it’s doubtful that he would have kept any negative thoughts unspoken, when it came to management.Scott is diplomatic and positive. It can’t be measured by metrics, but a coach who walks into the building with the assumption that victory is near can get the attention of his club. That above all else was Tommy Lasorda’s gift, and Pete Carroll’s, too. Scott would project the same thing even when evidence presents itself to the contrary.With Scott on the bench, maybe Magic Johnson would stifle his Twitter habit. It was difficult for Lakers fans to get on board with anything that Magic so relentlessly opposed. But Scott is a minted member of Showtime. He gave eight of his 11 playing seasons to the Lakers, and won three championships, and in 1988 he averaged 19.6 points in the playoffs.Scott, from Morningside High in Inglewood, also knows how to handle criticism. The Lakers traded the enormously popular Norm Nixon to the Clippers for the draft pick that became Scott. He had to earn trust. He went through a hard Finals loss to the Celtics, and his shot didn’t always fall in big moments, and obviously he was the default queue for blame, with Magic, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy exempted. Scott did not complain audibly about such things, and improved his non-shooting game each season.Now Scott is close to what he considers the best seat in sports, and maybe that is his best qualification of all.It does not mean the darkness is over. It might mean the nightmare is. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Maybe they are saving their happy news for last. If they do go ahead and hire Byron Scott, under the circumstances, you can say they couldn’t have done much better.First, you can hear a familiar voice in the background: “I’m Kobe Bryant and I approved this message.” They were teammates when the teenage Bryant landed in Lakerland and have remained close, even as Scott’s Hornets and Nets and Cavaliers were struggling to beat Bryant’s Lakers.Second, Scott is a realist. This would be his 14th season as an NBA coach, in case you want to feel a little older this morning. He knows that nothing, not even a severe viral outbreak, will get these Lakers into the 2014-15 NBA Finals, but he also knows they can function competitively. They have the new veterans and with rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson, they no longer should be arrested for stealing their own identity.Third, Scott has done his job well. Now, granted, an NBA coach has limited connectivity. He is trying to push 12 boulders uphill and in the same direction, all of which are more powerful than he is. Getting fired is the inevitable result. These days, with Phil Jackson behind a desk, only two coaches really make a difference in the scheme of things: San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Chicago’s Tom Thibodaux.Yet Scott’s New Jersey teams went to the 2002 and 2003 Finals, when no one could say they were clearly the superior force in the East. In 2003 they beat Detroit in the Eastern finals, and Detroit went on to the next two NBA Finals This has been a whirlwind of activity for the Lakers.Okay, a zephyr.But in this heat any breeze is welcome, and at least their defeated patrons can say, well, they could have done worse.Jeremy Lin? Fine. Carlos Boozer? Yeah, we know him a little bit. Nick Young, re-signed? Well, at least we’ll get a laugh or two out of this 82-game cloud that approaches.