Byron Scott


1997 - 1998

He is one of the greatest players ever to decide to leave the magic world of the NBA and cross to the other side of the Atlantic. Born on March 28, 1961 in Utah, after his second (single-season) term with the Los Angeles Lakers, Byron Scott decided to put on the “clover” jersey. In 1997, Panathinaikos was the last stop in his career, and he won the Greek championship with the team. This championship had a historical value attached to it, since it was the first one the team celebrated after a 14-year dry spell away from titles, and Scott was named the A1 Division finals MVP. 

Byron Scott graduated from the Arizona State University and was drafted in 1983 by the San Diego Clippers. In a lucky reversal of fortune that was definitely not so lucky for the Clippers, he was exchanged for Norman Dixon and found himself in the Los Angeles Lakers; even luckier for him, the Lakers were in their golden years at the time, the so-call ‘show-time era”. So, his career began with the Lakers, with which he celebrated the 1985, 1987, and 1988 championship titles. For 10 consecutive seasons he competed there side by side with some of the greatest players in the history of US basketball, like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy to name but a few. An excellent long-distance shooter and with tremendous variety in penetrations, Scott continued his career with the Indiana pacers and the Vancouver Grizzlies, and returned to the Lakers in 1996 (just a year before transferring to Panathinaikos). 

Many Panathinaikos’ fans remember him in the court, as do many others who were lucky enough to meet him or simply saw him leave the arena after the game. They all remember his impecc