Thorpe's advice for the Lakers was to be more innovative with management. This meant traveling around the world for a year to find the best coaching staff. He praised the Cleveland Cavaliers for hiring Israeli American coach David Blatt, who had great success for Israel's national team and the Detroit Pistons for hiring Stan Van Gundy, who is in the process of modeling the Pistons after his Orlando Magic team, which had one center and four shooters.
The Los Angeles Lakers looked at Scott, Lionel Hollins, George Karl, Alvin Gentry, Kurt Rambis, and Mike Dunleavy before selecting Scott. I believe they picked Scott because he was a mentor to Kobe Bryant once, when Bryant was a rookie. They wanted a coach who had experience working with young players, which he has. They wanted a coach who can earn Byrant's respect and trust. Scott might have the most respect and trust from Byrant out of the other candidates.
While Scott's former teammates showed their support for him and shouted "Showtime is back", Scott realizes that he can't duplicate Showtime. He knows the Lakers will not be able to be an up tempo team with the roster they have. He's preaching defense and moving the ball around. Coach Thorpe, that was Scott's coaching style.
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