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Byron Scott looks to be in a lot of trouble in Cleveland

Apr 4, 2013, 6:45 PM EDT

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The Cleveland Cavaliers have lost 10 games in a row and look like a team that has thrown in the towel on the season. Well, not Kyrie Irving, but watch the Cavs play and they have the energy of a three-toed sloth. They got throttled by a Nets team Wednesday that was missing two starters.

Which reflects poorly on coach Byron Scott — this is supposed to about building something in Cleveland and if the young players have tuned him out. Or worse.

Look what one anonymous player told the Akron Beacon Journal.

“We’re exhausted,” said one player, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitive nature of the topic. “It goes back to training camp. He killed us in camp. We don’t have any legs left.

“Our shootarounds are an hour and 45 minutes. They’re not physically demanding, but we’re still on our feet all that time. We had a two-hour and 15-minute practice the other day and an hour and a half of that was a hard scrimmage. At this point in the season, that’s crazy.”

Before you say “toughen up” to this guy, remember that Scott’s old school, Pat Riley-inspired style wore out its welcome with Jason Kidd and the New Jersey Nets. Same with the Hornets after six seasons. His style always had some wondering if he was the right long-term call for a rebuilding team on the Cuyahoga River.

Scott often doesn’t call timeouts during rough patches ala Phil Jackson. Which works well with the veteran-heavy teams Jackson coached, but those timeouts are teaching opportunities with younger sides. Also, his rotations have been… interesting.

That said, for three years he has coached a team devoid of much talent in the post-LeBron James era and never complained. He publicly has been a model employee.

But is he the right guy to lead this team back off the bottom of the pile?

Scott is in trouble. How much depends on who you ask but he is in trouble. Scott said Thursday that he’s not going to worry about it (of course, what is he going to say). Via the Associated Press.

“Not really,” he said. “I’ve always had the attitude, `Whatever happens, happens.”‘

Tristan Thompson said the players need to take the blame for the play of late.

“All the rumors about coach Scott and hot seat and all that crap, that’s bogus,” Thompson said following Thursday’s practice. “It’s up to us to come out and compete and play hard because we’re the ones out there. When he was out there playing, he won championships. So it’s up to us to come out there and play.”

After the season this is a job to watch. But if Scott is let go some teams with veteran players looking to take the next step will take a hard look at him for their job. Cleveland just may not be the fit.

  1. dalucks - Apr 4, 2013 at 6:52 PM

    Byron Scott is an upgrade over Mike D’antoni and he should be the Lakers coach.
    Players who makes statements without putting their name beside it are bigger cowards than the media cowards who print the story. Both lack credibility. If you cannot put your name beside your statement then it is not worth the print.

    • hannsta - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      If something needs to be said, but at this early stage in its revelation would be career suicide, the saying it anonymously is the only realistic solution. An extreme example: Someone famous raped you. If you go out and publicly say that now, that famous person will use all their influence to make you look like a joke, and a moneygrabbingslut. So you say it anonymously, plant the seed, maybe instill some courage in other people who were too scared to say something. Then when there is enough evidence to stand on you can come out without fear of ruining your life. The whole “say it like a man or dont say it at all” is very childish.

  2. redstar504 - Apr 4, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    He did that here with the Hornets. I am not saying he isn’t a good coach he is if you have established players. He got on fine with David West, CP3 and Tyson Chandler but at the same time he was brutal with young guys like JR Smith and Brandon Bass. He overworked them in practice and never gave them time in games. He is absolutely horrible at developing young players showing no trust so if I am the cavs GM I dump him and go with a coach that can develop players. Coach Scott would have been a good fit with the Lakers or any older established team he is just better working with vets.

    I also have heard the argument that he did develop CP3 that is BS anyone could have “developed” CP3. He did not need development he was the best PG in the NBA the day he was drafted there was no development to be done. Irving is good but he needs some polish from the right coach.

  3. spthegr8 - Apr 4, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    News Flash Kurt….. ANY COACH that goes too Cleveland is in ALOT of trouble!!! If Dan Gilbert is running the show, then you KNOW things are gonna be all F’D UP!!! I mean look @ what happened with LeBron???

  4. skinsfanwill - Apr 5, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    I totally agree with you. He ran J.R Smith out of town faster than a whore with no crotch. I watched him bench Waiters for stretches this year in favor of lesser players. His lineup is never consistent. If the workouts are that ridiculous, he should also foster some blame for Irving being hurt as much as he is. It seems like every game he is trying to prove a point or punish a single player instead of teaching these young kids to play ball. Running them to death isn’t gonna win games. At some point he has to realize that every team is not gonna be the 80’s Lakers. The best coach in basketball is Pop and he firmly believes in resting his players.

  5. fanofevilempire - Apr 5, 2013 at 2:54 PM

    I didn’t know the Cavs were expected to win the big gold championship trophy.

  6. urodaddy07 - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:04 PM

    I don’t buy this crap. If he’s a tough coach then good. Stop whining you big babies. As if you having no legs is the reason your team is such crap

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