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Cavs pick up option on Byron Scott’s contract

Oct 24, 2012, 5:40 PM EDT

Memphis Grizzlies v Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers are a team with an upward trajectory. They have the reigning rookie of the year in Kyrie Irving, Tristian Thompson is making strides in his game, and rookie Dion Waiters looks like he can be a nice player for many years to come.

With these young building blocks in place, it comes as no surprise that the team has decided that they want to keep head coach Byron Scott around for at least the next two seasons:

The Cavaliers have exercised the option on coach Byron Scott’s contract for the 2013-14 season, an NBA source told The Plain Dealer on Wednesday. Scott and Cavs officials did not meet with the media to comment on Wednesday.

Scott was charged with steering the post-Decision Cavs for the past two seasons and has done admirable work. His record may only be 48-100 over his two seasons in Cleveland, but he’s been a no excuses coach that has not allowed his players to succumb to a loser’s mentality that could have easily swept through the organization.

Keeping him on, however, is much less about what he has done but what he can do moving forward. Scott has shown an ability to build downtrodden teams up into playoff caliber ones in his past stops. When he took over the Nets he went from 26 wins in his first season to 52 the following one. In his first year with the Hornets he won 18 games but by his fourth year they won 56. Of course, some of that was the influx of talented players, but it also had to do with the job he was doing as head man.

The issue with Scott, though, is that after a few years his style tends to grate on players. He is a Pat Riley disciple and that typically means long practices and a firm hand with his players every step of the way. We will have to see if that trend continues with the Cavs and if he eventually wears out his welcome.

But all of that is for a later date. Right now, this is about continuing to improve by developing the young players on the team. Scott can certainly do that.

  1. royistheboy - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:16 PM

    good move obviously

  2. 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:36 PM

    Look at all the good young talent the Cavs have accumulated on their roster. Just think, NONE of that would be possible had LeBron not decided to take his talents elsewhere. See how lucky you are, Cavs fan? Don’t you feel stupid for burning your clothes in the streets like Syrians protesting against America, and acting like such whiny babies for the past 2 years?

    You should be thanking LeBron for giving your franchise the chance to have many good players; something that never would have happened when he was a Cavalier. LeBron made your franchise matter 9 years ago, and he made it matter again now. Had he stayed, you’d have one amazing/transcendent/otherworldly/incredible player for the ages, but you’d have 11 stiffs along with him.

    I’d call the LeBron decision a win for everyone involved. Tune in early on Tuesday night for the Raising of the Banner and Ring Ceremony. Should be a great moment.

    • mlblogsbig3bosox - Oct 24, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      Ehm.. Yeah they have good talent now (kind of) but dude, they were contenders just by having LeBron over there..

      • 1972wasalongtimeago - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:35 PM

        between you and me, my comment wasn’t sincere. don’t tell anyone. it wasn’t a win/win. It was a glorious triumph of good fortune/complete and utter devastation. but don’t tell anyone

    • eventhorizon04 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      I’m pretty sure they’d rather have LeBron in his prime for the next 6 years than the few mid-to-late first round draft picks they got after LeBron left.

  3. steelers4385 - Oct 24, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    I still think varejou is the absolute worst player in the NBA.

  4. dysraw1 - Oct 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    GREAT move on the Cavs part in my book hes 1 of the best doing it.

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