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How did Byron Scott become a coach? Blame Pat Riley for that, too.

Sep 24, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

Thumbnail image for bscott.jpgByron Scott was drafted out of Arizona State as a pure shooter onto a team with Kareem, Magic and Worthy — he got some good looks. He came in knowing he was a baller.

He didn’t come in thinking of himself as a guy who would coach some day.

But his coaches saw it in him, as Scott explained to WKNR In Cleveland (via Sports Radio Interviews)

“He told me when I was 26 years old, Pat Riley that is, that I’m going to be a coach one day and I would understand some of the things he had to do to get prepared. I looked at him and I was 26 years old, my fifth year in the league and I told him, ‘You’re out of your mind. You’re crazy. I’m never coaching.’ He said, ‘Alright, you just watch.’ Thirty-two years old, I’m playing for Larry Brown, who said the same thing. So I just looked and started thinking, ‘What do they see in me that makes them think that I can be a good coach?’ I started taking a lot of notes and really started to think about the game from a coaching standpoint. Lo and behold, here I am.”

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