Byron Scott is a former professional basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. As a player, he won three NBA Championships while playing for the Los Angeles Lakers. As a coach, he was named the 2008 Coach of the Year.

Player Profile and Personal Life

Byron Antom Scott was born on March 28, 1961, in Ogden, Utah in the United States of America. He stands 193 cm tall and his weight was last listed at 93 kg. He played shooting guard and he shot right.

He has been married twice, most recently to Cece Gutierrez. He founded The Byron Scott Children’s Fund.

Position Shooting Guard
Height / weight 1.93 m / 93 kg
Born 28 Mar 1961
Nationality United States United States
Playing Style Right Handed
Team History
Panathinaikos 1997 - 1998
27 los angeles lakers Los Angeles 1996 - 1997
Vancouver Grizzlies Vancouver Grizzlies 1995 - 1996
210 indiana pacers Indiana 1993 - 1995
27 los angeles lakers Los Angeles 1983 - 1993

High School and College Career

He attended Morningside High School in Inglewood, California. In 1979, he received All-American honors from both Parade and McDonald’s. For college, he committed to play for Arizona State University. In 1980, he was named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year.

Professional Career

He joined the NBA In 1983 and was the 4th Overall Pick of the Draft, selected by the San Diego Clippers. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. In his first year in the NBA, he was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.

He played with the Lakers from 1983 to 1993. In that time, he helped them win the NBA Championship three times in 1985, 1987, and 1988.

In 1993, he signed to play for the Indiana Pacers. He was with Indiana through to 1995 then he signed with the Vancouver Grizzlies. He returned to the Lakers in 1996 to play for a season. Before he retired from basketball, he joined the Greek League and played for Panathinaikos.

After his career as a player, he started coaching and was an assistant coach for the Sacramento Kings from 1998 to 2000. From 2000 to 2004, he coached the New Jersey Nets. In 2002, he was named the NBA All-Star Game Head Coach for the first time. From 2004 to 2009, he coached the New Orleans Hornets. At that time, he was again named the NBA All-Star Game Head Coach. Then in 2008, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year.

From 2010 to 2013, he coached the Cleveland Cavaliers, and from 2014 to 2016, he coached the Los Angeles Lakers. After his retirement, he also worked as a sports analyst for ABC and ESPN.

Career Highlights


  • 1985, 1987, 1988 - NBA champion
  • 1984 - NBA All-Rookie First Team
  • 1997 - FIBA EuroStar
  • 1998 - Greek Basket League champion
  • 1983 - First-team All-Pac-10
  • 1980 - Pac-10 Freshman of the Year
  • No. 11 jersey retired by ArizonaState Sun Devils
  • 1979 - Fourth-team ParadeAll-American
  • 1979 - McDonald’s All-American


  • 2008 - NBA Coach of the Year
  • 2002, 2008 - NBA All-Star Game headcoach

Team History:


  • 1998–2000 - Sacramento Kings(Assistant)
  • 2000–2004 - New Jersey Nets
  • 2004–2009 - New Orleans Hornets
  • 2010–2013 - Cleveland Cavaliers
  • 2014–2016 - Los Angeles Lakers

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