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Byron Scott: Cavaliers’ rebuild right on schedule; Tristan Thompson supports him

Apr 5, 2013, 10:51 AM EST

Byron Scott, Tristan Thompson

The Cavaliers are in their third season since losing LeBron James to the Heat, and Cleveland’s records – 19-63, 21-45 and now 22-52 – have fluctuated between various stages of bad. Byron Scott, who has coached the Cavaliers during this rebuild, doesn’t see that as a problem. Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal:

Scott said he expected the Cavs’ rebuilding project to take between three and five years, the first time anyone in the organization has put a timetable on the development.

“It’s still right on that timetable, as far as I’m concerned,” Scott said. “But there’s been some times it’s probably been tougher than I expected. But if it doesn’t kill you, it makes you stronger.”

Read between the lines, and Scott is suggesting he should get five years to right the ship. That won’t happen – the only coaches in their fifth year or more at their current jobs are Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers, George Karl, Erik Spoelstra and Rick Carlisle – but it’s a nice idea.

Whether he’s actually better than Scott or not, the next Cavaliers coach will almost certainly look better. Without doing anything, he’ll get a more-experienced Kyrie Irving, Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters and (maybe) more than 25 games from Anderson Varejao.

Thompson realizes only so much is under Scott’s control:

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

  1. dirtydavis - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Coach Scott will coach the lakers next season…

  2. pl4tinum514 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Tristan tells it like it is. Dude’s going to be a stud next year, an absolute stud. Same with Waiters, and Kyrie is already there. Next year the Cavs will win 40+ for sure.

  3. sguy2130 - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Scott gets one more free pass this year. People expected the Cavs to continue to tank with all the injuries and youth on the team..so it’s nothing shocking. Its also ideal that we get another high lottery pick get more star potential on the team.

    We were highly annoyed when his poor coaching led to the Heat coming back all the way from 27 points down.

    One more high lottery pick for this year + more development from the young guys and Scott will be out of excuses. Next year they need to be in the playoffs or I think he needs to be dismissed.

  4. stephenolszewski - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I love Anderson Varejao but he cannot stay healthy I think this was a huge factor, Cavs would be alot better if he was out there, I’d say keep Byron only coaches out there are journeyman coaches and that’s not what any team needs

  5. loungefly74 - Apr 5, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    ugh….frustrating. i hope they make the giant leap next year and get into the playoffs. the young talent is amazing.

  6. slowclyde86 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    The Cavs have displayed zero propensity to play any defense under Scott. Zero. While the injuries have certainly limited this team’s progression, I put much of the defensive lack of development at Scott’s feet. It is time for a change.

    • pl4tinum514 - Apr 5, 2013 at 3:42 PM

      I don’t think it’s time for a change yet… but they definitely do need more emphasis on defense. A big part of the problem is not having Andy, because Zeller is a defensive liability and so is Kyrie at this stage of his career. Not having Waiters out there hurts because he’s a good defender as well.

  7. southpaw77 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Anyone got Jerry Sloan’s number? Byron just standing there with arms folded while other teams go on 12-0 runs, wont use timeouts and lets assistants do the work and interviews. So the team rebuilding is an excuse to lay down. How is anyone gonna learn by quitting and how long will Kyrie sit and watch losing while the team hoards its cap space and trades picks away for Mr Softees like Zeller?

    Time to pull the trigger and deal Varejao and sign either Jefferson or Pekovic as their center, at least they” stay healthier than Grady Sizemore, err, I mean Varejao.
    And draft a dang small forward, Gee is a defender off the bench, not much of an offensive threat.

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