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How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

Posted on: April 6, 2011 11:06 am
Edited on: April 6, 2011 12:56 pm
Byron Scott may not be on the hot seat, but should he be?
Posted by Matt Moore

There is a difference between not having much to work with and doing very little, and not having much to work with, and doing even less. 

That's the summation of Byron Scott's work with the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Scott came into a job having been sold, probably, that he would be coaching LeBron James and the rest of a team that won more than 50 games four of the past five years prior to his hiring. He thought he would be competing for a championship. When James left and Scott was left with the remains, a pass was automatically granted to him by media, fans, experts. What are you going to do with that roster? Then the injuries hit. How are you supposed to win with a bad team that's also injured? And so on. Excuses were made, accepted, and away from the spotlight of national attention, Scott was slotted into a quiet "Poor guy" model and forgotten about.'s Ken Berger has a rundown in his weekly Post-Ups of coaches and managers who could be on the hot seat soon. 

All of them have a better record than Byron Scott. 

Consider this: Mike Brown was fired despite a win percentage of .663 with the Cavaliers. Byron Scott currently has a .469 winning percentage and a .208 mark with the Cavs. Scott didn't come with championship experience as a coach. Why then is his work with the Cavaliers being glossed over so smoothly? 

The answer is a few signature wins. The Cavaliers have knocked off the Celtics, the Lakers, the Heat, and the Knicks (thrice) this season, which Cavs the Blog author John Krolik says lead to the false perception that the Cavs are "scrappy." In reality, these were simply the result of an 82 game schedule. In the course of such a long season, you're going to have random games. Not just games where a good team isn't feeling it. Just games where the other team is better that night. A good team can play well and still lose to a bad team. This isn't to take credit away from those Cavalier wins, they count in the standings as much as the Celtics' wins do. But it's the overall body of work beyond the wins and losses, especially for a rebuilding squad, that shows the value of the team. And the value of the Cavaliers is terrible. That's mostly on account of roster. That's partly on account of Scott. 

The Cavaliers have shown poor late-game execution, have struggled with lineup management, have failed in communication and coherency on both sides of the ball, and have illustrated a lack of effort in the majority of their games. Those are not solely accountable to a bad roster. A large part of those problems is coaching. Meanwhile, as the losses have piled up, Scott has not stuck by his guys. Instead of protecting a young roster trying to find its way and seek some progress, at every turn Scott has publicly, not privately, publicly berated his team. Running down a young squad for their effort in practice is one thing. Doing it in the post-game gaggle is another. It doesn't motivate the players. It doesn't help the organziation move in the right direction. It just makes it look like Scott's trying to duck the blame for the losses. 

Byron Scott was dealt a bad hand and played it poorly. He was never known as a coach to develop young talent around. In New Orleans, he buried Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton for being rookies despite their showing significant talent. The younger Cavaliers have shown little progress towards developing into quality players. Scott may have been a great fit for the LeBron Cavaliers. We'll never know. We do know one thing. He has not been a great fit with a rebuilding Cavaliers team.

Since: Jun 29, 2008
Posted on: April 8, 2011 11:15 am

Awful Article

The level of thought and research that went into this article is ridiculous.
It was written with a conclusion in mind and the "facts" presented are cloudy, don't support his notion and certainly do not justify placing Scott on the "Hot Seat"

If nothing else, Scott should be judged for his work post-trade deadline.
He has been relatively successful riling up his troops to lose out on the best odds of getting the #1 pick in the draft.

Scott has to be treated as a Rookie in the NFL or NBA at this point - give him a little bit of time to gain a little bit of traction, get familiar with his personel. 

If the Cavs aren't pushing for 30 wins next year or 41 the following, then you can talk about the hot seat....

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 5:42 pm

How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

Who fires a coach after one year?  Expectations were low when Lebron left so that was a given.  When you look at the injuries the team had and how many new players they had either through trades, free agents and undrafted players, he's done what he can do with what he was given.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:13 pm

How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

bwahahaha!! worst article i've read in a while. you failed to mention one cavs player the entire time, realize that there is more to basketball than statistics and winning percentage.  try looking at player development (just the most important aspect to a rebuilding team).  it's because of byron that players like alonzo gee, samardo samuels, christian skyenga, and jj hickson have developed (in one year!) into potential "pieces of the puzzle" as we move towards a winning team again.  you make a lot of claims in this article and not surprisingly, you've provided no evidence.  enjoy your blogs lol

Since: Apr 24, 2008
Posted on: April 6, 2011 1:01 pm

How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

Totally agree, this article is a joke. What happened to the Cavs this year has never happened to any other team in professional sports, ever. Not the way it happened, not to scale. The Cavs he got had no flexibility, no identity, no youth, and a bunch of veterans who couldn't stomach playing wihtout LeBron.

The team did struggle to pick up his Princeton offense, and he tried to force defense on them in the middle of the year when it was clear nobody could grasp his offense. But, he said all the right things to help his players get over what happened to them. He didn’t wallow in the post-LeBron depression like much of the city did. He always held his head high, shot everyone straight, and tried to get his heartbroken vets to act like men again.

Everyone crapped their pants on Dec 2, and that wasn't Scott's fault, it was just a hard step in the most dramatic rebuild in sports history.

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:06 pm

How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

P.S. In case you have lived under a rock for the whole second half of the Cavs season...he has personally motivated and transformed J.J. Hickson's game.  Yes, he called him out publicly, but its clear to anyone who has actually watched that it has made a tremendous difference.  He doesn't tell the media anything he hasn't told the team himself.  Perhaps you could actually interview someone on the J.J. Hickson and ask about the impact.  J.J. has been a double-double machine since Scott has lit a fire under him.  Please know what the heck you are talking about. 

Since: Apr 6, 2011
Posted on: April 6, 2011 12:02 pm

How is Byron Scott not on the hot seat?

This article is a joke.  Matt, have you even watched more than a few Cavs games this year?  Byron Scott has been the SOLE reason that the Cavs have won as many games as they have.  He's taken a pile of rookies and undrafted rookies who have actually been able to win a few games.  Given your record of articles I've viewed on the subject you clearly have something out for Coach Scott.  He's not on the hot seat and NOBODY thinks he will be, because its asinine to suggest it.  You are completely clueless and look ridiculous for attacking Byron Scott with the roster he has.  When Scott gets any modicum of talent on this team we'll be able to talk about it.   Until then you are bitter, basement blogger guy. 

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