Byron Scott Requires Too Much Practice?
Asked directly last week if he has received any indication he could be fired at the end of the season, (Byron) Scott said, “No.” But as these crushing losses have mounted, players are privately questioning Scott’s guidance. To characterize the Cavs’ locker room as divided or turning on their coach would be inaccurate and melodramatic, but the whispers are growing louder.
“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.”
“We’ve had so many injuries that I’ve had to tone down [practices],” Scott said Friday. “But I’m not going to scale back what I do practice-wise because I really do believe it prepares guys to play in this league and play on a consistent basis.”