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Scott expects to remain coach of the struggling Lakers

Kobe's Out, Will Lakers Fire Byron Scott?

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.

Photos from Kobe's final game:

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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, 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, 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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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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