The Los Angeles Lakers have parted ways with head coach Byron Scott, the team announced in a press release Sunday night.
Instead of picking up Scott's options for his last two years on his contract, the Lakers decided to dismiss him of his coaching duties.
"We would like to thank Byron for his hard work, dedication and loyalty over the last two years, but have decided it is in the best interest of the organization to make a change at this time," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.
Scott, in his second season with the Lakers, coached Los Angeles to a 17-65 record this season. The Lakers trailed only the Philadelphia 76ers, who went 10-72, with the second-worst record in all of the NBA.
In his two years with the Lakers, Scott finished with a record of 38-126.
Both seasons Scott coached the Lakers, the team finished with their worst seasons in franchise history by win percentage. This season's 17 wins was the least amount ever for a Lakers team.
The Lakers missed the playoffs for the third straight season this year, marking the longest such drought in franchise history.
Scott, 55, has a career record of 454-647 as a head coach. He has also won 33 games in the playoffs.
As a player, Scott spent 11 seasons in his 14-year career with the Lakers. Scott averaged 15.1 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game in LA.
He was the No. 4 pick in the 1983 NBA Draft, selected by the San Diego Clippers. Four months later, the Lakers acquired Scott in a four-player trade that also included two draft picks.
Scott won three NBA championships in his playing career with the Lakers.
Lakers media services contributed to this report
PRESS RELEASE: Lakers Part Ways with Head Coach Byron Scott - https://t.co/Fj6JJJ0uq2
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