LOS ANGELES (AP) ó Byron Scott has told a CBS affiliate station that he is the Los Angeles Lakersí new coach.


Scott told KCBS-TV he has reached a deal with the Lakers, who havenít had a coach since Mike DíAntoni resigned April 30.


Yet the Lakers insisted they havenít yet reached a deal to hire Scott, the longtime Lakers shooting guard. He has been a head coach with New Jersey, New Orleans and Cleveland.


ESPN.com first reported Scott would take over the Lakers with a four-year, $17 million contract.


Scott spent last season as a television commentator on the Lakersí own network. He was Kobe Bryantís teammate during Bryantís rookie year with the Lakers in 1996-97.


Los Angeles finished 27-55 last season, compiling the most losses in the 16-time NBA championsí history.