Byron Scott Fired by Cleveland Cavaliers
Scott, who had a 64-166 record over three seasons in Cleveland, had one year and roughly $4 million remaining on his contract. However, after this year’s 24-58 campaign, the Cavaliers decided to take their franchise in another direction.
“I have tremendous respect for Byron professionally and a great deal of admiration for him personally,” Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant told Sam Amico of Fox Sports. “It is critical for where we are as a team to ensure that we capitalize on every opportunity for development and success and we have fallen short of that on the court.”
The 52-year-old head coach had said as recently as last night that he expected to remain with the Cavaliers through next season.
Players such as Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson had voiced their support for Scott in recent days as well. However, the decision isn’t all that surprising. For weeks, rumors have circulated that Scott had lost the team and while Irving was supportive earlier in the week, he had previously refused to comment on Scott’s future and whether he would be disappointed if Scott was let go.
Scott took the Cavaliers job on July 1, 2010, which was one week before LeBron James left Cleveland to sign with the Miami HEAT. Scott was a 14-year NBA veteran who won three championships with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Prior to coaching the Cavaliers, Scott was head coach of the New Jersey Nets from 2000-2003 and the New Orleans Hornets from 2004-2009.
Scott is the second head coach to be out of a job on Thursday after Doug Collins resigned from the Philadelphia 76ers. HOOPSWORLD will keep you updated on the latest firings and hirings around the NBA.