Scott expects to remain coach of the struggling Lakers

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April 16 (The Sports Xchange) - Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott expects to be back with the team next season despite a franchise-worst 17-65 record in 2015-16 that followed a 21-61 record the previous season.

"Absolutely," Scott said on Friday, two days after Kobe Bryant scored 60 points to end his 20-year NBA career in spectacular fashion and defeat the Utah Jazz 101-96 at Staples Center.

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Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) waves to the crowd as he walks on the court before a game against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 13, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant (24) tries to drive against Utah Jazz guard Shelvin Mack (8) in the first quarter at Staples Center. Bryant concludes his 20-year NBA career tonight. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the first quarter against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers acknowledges the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant smiles to the crowd during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, foreground, and Utah Jazz guard Rodney Hood pause during the first half of Bryant's last NBA basketball game, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant watches during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Magic Johnson speaks about Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant during a ceremony before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers reaches for the ball in the first half while taking on the Utah Jazz at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles and claps before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers hugs head coach Byron Scott before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kobe Bryant, left, takes the court for his final NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
A street vendor sells a commemorative Kobe Bryant hat in downtown Los Angeles outside Staples Center on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Under heavy guard, fans get to pose with the five Lakers championship trophies Bryant helped the Lakers win, before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker.(AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Michael Anderson Jr., left, stands next to his father, Michael, during a fan festival honoring Kobe Bryant's career, outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Fans sign a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
A fan signs a large banner congratulating Kobe Bryant before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, outside Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fans sing and dance during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Fans gather outside Staples Center before Kobe Bryant played his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Basketball fan Carlos Hernandez from Acapulco, Mexlco holds a sign reading: "Goodbye Friend, Mexico Loves You," during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryantâs fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. Itâs a feeling theyâre about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant smiles as he arrives for the last NBA basketball game of his career, against Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Josie Zhang, left, displays the engagement ring just given to her by Jerry Yu after he proposed outside Staples Center as fans gathered to celebrate before Kobe Bryant's last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Both are originally from Shanghai but now live in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Workers set up an inflatable Kobe Bryant model for a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans, even some of the adults, have never known Los Angeles without him. It's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
Messages are written on a board during a fan festival commemorating Kobe Bryant's career outside Staples Center before Bryant's last NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Wednesday, April 13, 2016, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
A giant banner congratulating Kobe Bryant is draped around Staples Center before his last NBA basketball game, a contest against the Utah Jazz, in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Many of Bryant's fans - even some of the adults - have never known Los Angeles without him. It's a feeling they're about to have to get used to as fans celebrate his final night as a Laker. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers waves to the crowd before taking on the Utah Jazz in Bryant's final NBA game at Staples Center on April 13, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 13: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to journalists, Mike Tirico and Lisa Salters before the game against the Utah Jazz on April 13, 2016 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2016 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Scott, a former Laker player who won three NBA championships with the franchise in the 1980s, said he has not been given assurances that he will coach the team next season.

"I don't need that," Scott said. "There's going to come a time where we're going to talk, I do understand that, and I do understand this business.

"As I told you (media) from day one, and it's still to this day, this is my dream job. This is my dream job, and obviously, you want the opportunity to turn it all around, and you hope you get that. But I understand the business of basketball. It's all about wins and losses, and I understand that as well.

"But I think over the last couple of years, the process that we've tried to implement is in place, and obviously, this summer is an awfully big summer for us, and I'm looking forward to it as the head coach of the team until they tell me differently."

Scott eventually will sit down with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and part-owner and executive vice president Jim Buss to discuss his future.

The Lakers have until June 1 to decide whether Scott will be retained, as per terms of his contract, according to the Los Angeles Times. He has one more guaranteed year for about $4 million.

The Lakers have been in rebuilding mode since Bryant ruptured his Achilles in April 2013.

"I think Byron has done an excellent job under the circumstances that he's had to deal with the last two years," Kupchak said Friday. "This year in particular was a difficult year for a coach to wade his way through.

"He's under contract, and if anything changes, we'll be the first to let you know. Everybody gets reviewed. I'm sure over the last 16 years, behind closed doors, people were talking about me and reviewing me as well.

"Anything is possible. Right now, all I anticipate is some informal meetings and then moving forward from there."

Related: Look back at the announcement of Scott as head coach:

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Former Los Angeles Lakers players from left, Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Byron Scott, Earvin "Magic" Johnson with general manager Mitch Kupchak pose during a news conference to introduce Scott as the new Lakers head coach in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Byron Scott smiles as he is introduced as the successor to Mike D'Antoni as the Lakers' head coach, in a multi-year contract during a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. 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. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
Byron Scott, bottom left, is hugged by former teammate Magic Johnson, left, as Scott is introduced by Los Angeles Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, right, as the successor to Mike D'Antoni as the Lakers' head coach during a news conference in Los Angeles Tuesday, July 29, 2014. Scott is coming home for his fourth NBA coaching job. He inherits a team that missed the playoffs for just the third time in 38 years. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar congratulates Byron Scott on becoming the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers during a press conference at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Byron Scott addresses the media after being introduced as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Jamaal Wilkes congratulates Byron Scott on becoming the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looks on during a press conference at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: (L-R) Jamaal Wilkes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Byron Scott look on, as Earvin 'Magic' Johnson addresses the media during a press conference to introduce Byron Scott as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak looks on, as Byron Scott addresses the media during a press conference to introduce Scott as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Byron Scott looks on, as Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak addresses the media during a press conference to introduce Byron Scott as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Byron Scott addresses the media, as Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak looks on during a press conference to introduce Byron Scott as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - JULY 29: Byron Scott (L) and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson share a laugh during a press conference to introduce Byron Scott as the new head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Sports Center on July 29, 2014 in El Segundo, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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