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Byron Scott to get second interview in Cleveland, but Cavs not moving fast

Jun 17, 2010, 10:42 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for CAVALIERS_LOGO.pngAfter tonight, Byron Scott has nothing to do for a while. His duties as an analyst with ESPN will be done and he will have a lot more free time on his hands.

Enough time to squeeze in a second interview with the Cavaliers, according to Brian Windhorst at the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

But while Scott is the only public name and the only really high-profile name out there, the Cavaliers are not going to move quickly to offer the job. Reports that they — and by “they” we mean Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert — really wanted a coach in place by July 1 appear to have evaporated. The eggs were almost all in the Izzo basket. Now they need to get a few more eggs.

Having a coach in place by July 1 is not as important as having the right coach in place. Of course, who the right coach is becomes the problem. And what coaches Cleveland can get if LeBron decides to go elsewhere and that vacancy is still open is another question entirely.

Ahh, good times in Cleveland. Good times.

  1. Kevin Lockett - Jun 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    The reason the Cavs are nit moving fast is that there’s not a lot of great candidates out there, plus its hard for them to do anything until King James makes his decision.

  2. Andre Smith - Jun 17, 2010 at 5:54 PM

    David West said it best while in New Orleans—there was NO TRUST in Scott’s system… he wasn’t an effective coach. He’s not an X’s and O’s type of guy… that’s why he got run out of N.O… just like he got run out of Jersey. His success will always be measured by his personnel and his rah-rah motivation…never by the tactical powers he brings to the table. When players begin to realize that there’s little beneath the glamorous exterior, he begins to lose their ears…usually within about 3 years. Time and time again we see him outcoached by smarter, better prepared coaches because of his predictable methods (i.e. screen-and-roll with Paul/Chandler). His shortcomings lay in his inability to adapt, his lack of creativity, and his stubbornness… Honestly, criticize Thibodeau all you want for being a workaholic obsessed over his job and watching tape late into the night…that sure beats Byron Scott’s penchant for being overly buddy-buddy with his players and hitting the links. I’ll pass.

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