Former Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott said he never saw his firing coming.
Scott was sacked by the Lakers last month and the 55-year-old admitted he was "shocked" at being dismissed after two seasons, despite winning just 38 games
"I was shocked to be honest with you," Scott told ESPN on Wednesday.
"Two years ago we had a sit-down conversation; we talked about how long this process was going to take."
After winning just 21 games in 2014-15, the Lakers regressed in 2015-16, going 17-65.
Still, Scott said he thought he had a little more time to get the team on the right track.
"I was blindsided," he said. "I thought I had at least another year to right the ship, they thought otherwise."
Scott's replacement in Los Angeles will be another former Laker, current Golden State Warriors assistant Luke Walton.
Walton is the right man for the job, according to Scott.
"I think so," Scott said. "I think he has the type of mind to be a very good coach in this league."
Scott said Walton's biggest challenge will be getting the team's young talent to stay on the same page.
"You've got a bunch of young guys in there that, right now, they're all going their separate ways," Scott said.
"They bought into it for a few games, but then they went back their separate ways."