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Byron Scott is your new Cleveland Cavaliers coach

Jul 1, 2010, 3:00 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for bscott.jpgAnd suddenly, Byron Scott is the new coach of LeBron James. Or a team headed to the lottery. Check back in a few days for the answer.

Either way, Byron Scott is the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, as Scott’s agent confirmed to FanHouse.

Yesterday, all signs pointed to Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw as the man. But talks stalled. Shaw’s people were leaking the “it’s done” rumor, maybe they leaped the gun. Maybe it was Shaw trying to drag the process out to see what Phil Jackson decided. Maybe it was LeBron James saying he preferred Scott.

My preferred theory: Shaw said he pulled his name out of the running because he couldn’t meet the Cavs timeline. That to me sounds like he wanted to know what LeBron was doing, and the Cavs wanted a coach who would take their LeBron or no LeBron.

But pick any reason that fell through, any could be right.

Scott brings good and bad to the table. He is a guy who has coached the New Jersey Nets to the finals. He has coached teams led by stars — Jason Kidd in his prime and Chris Paul. He has the pedigree as a player, having been part of the Showtime era Lakers.

But he also has left both teams when players turned against him. He may not be a coach whose style allows him last long with a team.

What kind of team he has depends on what LeBron James thinks of him and the other offers that come in. And that is more unpredictable than the Cavs coaching search.

  1. jayglass - Jul 1, 2010 at 5:32 AM

    It was fun while it lasted. Now the Cavs will be perennially fighting for the eighth, and final, playoff spot in the East. (Which, more often than not, they won’t get)

  2. Bandwagon Cavs fan - Jul 1, 2010 at 5:35 AM

    When you’re right, you’re right.

  3. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:52 AM

    in all seriousness, who cares who the coach is? the NBA is, and always has been, a player’s game (as opposed to college which is more of a coach’s game). and it’s easy to see why with all the one-on-one play that goes on. it’s not a team sport in the NBA.
    I know the phil jackson arguments will pop up referring to his 11 championships, but how many did he win without Michael and Kobe? ZERO. when you have arguably the two greatest “bail out” players in league history, surround them with best-than-average talent, the results are pretty predictable.
    good luck to Byron Scott, but his fate is sealed once the roster is set to a large degree.

  4. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:54 AM

    sorry, meant to say “better”-than-average obviously

  5. Florida - Jul 1, 2010 at 7:56 AM

    sorry, obviously meant to say “better”-than-average

  6. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 8:44 AM

    how many did riley win without magic and wade ZERO
    how many did pop win with out duncan ZERO
    how many did mike brown win with lebron (best record in league) ZERO
    how many did doug collins win with mj ZERO
    how many did dell harris win with shaq and kobe ZERO

  7. Cesar A. Castillo - Jul 1, 2010 at 10:58 AM

    You all need to stop being haters. Coaches still have to be able to coach the team and have to make sure that they repect each other and be able to play together as a team. Then you will see Championships.

  8. Anonymous - Jul 1, 2010 at 11:09 AM

    Really only PJ matters as a coach…Doc Rivers too as he has shown how to make a difference via adjustments in a 7 game series AND to know when and when not to apply pressure on his team….the rest of em are a dime a dozen.

  9. Pete - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:02 PM

    Nate McMillan at Portland is a hell of a coach.

  10. tejano2k - Jul 1, 2010 at 12:15 PM

    Pretty good observation there. You might rank up there in the “genius” category. Name me a successful coach that didn’t have a great player or players on the roster? Impossible to be Champs without great players AND great coaching. Look at my beloved Lakers for the recipe to win Championships. T-E-A-M chemistry…including the coach, is what it takes. In other words you can’t make mediocre talent great or surround 1 or 2 great players with mediocre talent and expect to win it all (i.e. Magic, Cavs, etc…). Nobody can do that.

  11. whatever - Jul 2, 2010 at 4:12 AM

    Larry Brown for one fact did great at Detroit when they won the title in ’04

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