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Speculation starting in Cleveland about Byron Scott’s security

Apr 1, 2013, 1:09 PM EDT

Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson AP

Is Byron Scott doing enough with the Cleveland Cavaliers?

Can you really tell with a roster that didn’t have a lot of talent and had to deal with injuries?

The Cavaliers are not very good, not defensively (26th in NBA at 106.9 points per 100 possessions) and 20th in offense. They are on an eight-game losing streak and, while they just got Kyrie Irving back on Sunday, this is a team limping to the finish line and another high draft pick. Which led Bob Finnan to speculate at the News-Herald that Scott’s job could be on shaky ground.

Coach Byron Scott’s critics are becoming more vocal as the season wears on. It was once viewed that his return next season was almost a lock. After all, the Cavs picked up the option year on his contract next year worth an estimated $4.5 million…

Scott’s offense is largely ineffective. Often times, he hands the ball to Kyrie Irving in crunch time and asks him to make something happen. Break down your man, penetrate into the key and take a shot….

For the most part, Scott is able to get the players to play hard. Right now, there is not enough legitimate talent, which isn’t the coach’s fault.

Because the Cavaliers are about saving money right now I’d be shocked if Scott is not back next season — the Cavs aren’t going to pay him and someone else as coaches.

But part of Scott’s reputation is that his teams burn out on him and his style after a few seasons and either tune him out or worse. He may not be the ideal coach for a rebuilding project like we see in Cleveland. But you can’t judge that based on this season and what he’s had to work with. He should return.

  1. elcapitanfiscal - Apr 1, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Regatdless of what happens, kyrie irving is going to be a beast, more than he already is..

    Hopefully they learned from the whole Lebrongate and get Irving some talent around him and a good coach..

    Can’t wait to see how good he’s going to be.

    • cantonbound13 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

      He’s going to look good in a Knicks uniform

      • slowclyde86 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:52 PM

        “Hopefully they learned from the whole Lebrongate and get Irving some talent around him and a good coach..”

        Yes, I am sure the prior regime said, “Ya know, let’s intentionally give James a bunch of useless players and chase him out of town”. The mistake they made was a lack of patience in chasing the supposedly hot free agents to build a team immediately around James. They seem to be doing things the right way. Still might not be enough, but at least they are being smart so far under Grant. As to coaching, Brown was a good coach.

      • 00maltliquor - Apr 1, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        Or a Heat jersey!!

        Of course a LAKERS jersey, that would go without saying.

        Knicks would be nice too, but CarMElo might get jealous.

      • couldntthinkofaname - Apr 2, 2013 at 6:19 AM

        Canton, that was cold. And absolutely hilarious!

  2. dacapt704 - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Did they really expect anything OTHER than a last place finish for this team?? Seriously..the owner handcuffs the GM and they blame Byron? SMH…

  3. miamatt - Apr 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    In no way can I see Cleveland paying 4.5 mil and then another coach’s salary for a team that will likely struggle no matter what next year.

    With limited talent and a rash of injuries, no coach would have won in Cleveland this year. At least Scott is a proven professional.

  4. dirtydavis - Apr 1, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    B. Scott will coach the lakers next year

  5. southpaw77 - Apr 1, 2013 at 5:36 PM

    Hey Byron came in before the decision and thought he’d be coaching LeMercenary, when he botled Byron said oh crap, how do I get out of this situation, I know save my timeouts for the off season and let my assistants do interviews and run the most bland offense around by handing the ball to the center at the 3 point line, then when the clock runs low, get it to Kyrie to create.

    if the Cavs can lure Sloan to town they better pull the trigger on that but not for some retread coach though.

  6. thekingdave - Apr 1, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    It’s funny when I see people bash the Cavs for not surrounding Lebron. I clearly remember the wide reports of the pressure being applied from Maverick Carter and Lebron’s circle to sign free agents in the Summer of 2005. Unfortunately this led to idiotic contracts with Larry Hughes and Donyell Marshall. For the next 5 years the Cavs traded bad contracts for other bad contracts.

    • miamatt - Apr 1, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      That’s why you don’t allow your 21 year-old superstar make a GM’s decisions.

      Your example is case-in-point of how badly the Cavs mismanaged what they had. I’m sure Pat Riley talks to his players to get input about how they feel about this or that player, but like hell James, Wade or any of their agents are going to sit down in his office and tell him who to sign or how to build the team. Strength respects strength; the boss has to be the boss, even in a players’ league.

  7. blantoncollier - Apr 1, 2013 at 9:17 PM

    Really, The Cavs arent firing Byron Scott. He and Chris Grant have a rebuilding plan. Its not Scott’s fault Irving and Varejo cant stay healthy. Besides the only thing worse than the lack of depth and talent at the end of each bench is the lack of talent in the coaching ranks in the NBA.

    Scott is a proven winner. Who would they get to coach this team?

  8. 00maltliquor - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:05 AM

    I think Byron has done a fine job. He’s had one of the leagues absolute worst rosters, talent-wise, and the players that are worth something have been hurt for a big period of time. They’ve won some pretty impossible games this year. Just give Scott some more talent and a couple more years and see what pans out. I think he’ll do just fine.

  9. isaiahforreal - Apr 2, 2013 at 12:57 AM

    I always felt Byron Scott seems to get the shi*tty end of the it wouldn’t surprise me if he were fired.

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