Report: Byron Scott Fired from the Cleveland Cavaliers
After the last game of the regular season, Byron Scott was fired as the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. According to Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, “Owner Dan Gilbert has been unhappy with the Cavs’ lack of defensive improvement over the past three years, one team source said, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitivity of the situation, and Gilbert was the driving force behind the firing.”
During Scott’s three years, the Cavaliers continually found themselves in the bottom tier of defensive efficiency. Furthermore, the Cavs finished with a 64-166 record, which is the lowest all time in team history.
Scott’s firing could have easily been prevented had Kyrie Irving intervened and requested him back, but it appears as though their relationship was not as tight as it might seem. One Cavalier teammate said, “They’re close, but they’re not attached at the hip,” one player in the locker room said. “I don’t think Kyrie would be really crushed or anything if he was fired.”
As a head coach, Byron Scott's teams have been to the Finals and in the bottom tier of the league. Scott certainly has the moxie and experience to be a NBA coach, but it just won’t be in Cleveland.