**** UPDATE ****
The Cleveland Cavaliers announced early Thursday morning that they have indeed fired head coach Byron Scott. No replacement has been made and the search for a new head coach has officially begun.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott is expected to be fired at the end of this season, according to multiple reports . Rumors have circled around Scott being fired, but this is the first official report where it seems like it is not a rumor after all. During Scott’s tenure with the Cavs he went 64-165(.387). Those numbers aren’t exactly promising. When LeBron James left the Cavs in the summer of 2010, the Cavs knew they would need to rebuild.; and they did, sort of.
They picked up Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson in the 2011 NBA Draft. Those are guys that the Cavs can build around for sure. They then in 2012, drafted Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller. Also two picks that look promising. Zeller is starting to come into his own and Waiters was never really in question; a great off guard he is to Irving.
But any NBA front office knows you can’t build a team solely on draft picks. And that is what the Cavs have tried to do, which has failed. The Cavs are in a “depression”. They have had a losing record for the past three years and not even a good losing record. What do I mean by a good losing record? Well they have been at the bottom of the central division and eastern conference for the past three years. This is not good. The Cavs need to start consistently winning games.
Wait, there needs to be more emphasis on consistently.
In the first half of the season the Cavs have just looked downright terrible. They have a record of 24-57 so far with one more game to go against the Bobcats. In November the Cavs went 3-12. Terrible. But in February, 6-5; one game over .500! If the Cavs could just stay around .500 for a whole season, they could be a legit playoff contender.
But no, Scott had to say the typical we are coming along bit. No not really Coach.
With three straight losing seasons, Irving is going to start getting upset, just like LeBron. Whoever the Cavs choose as their next coach, it will have to be someone that Irving can buy into, believe in the coaches’ system. Bottom line, the coach will have to be someone Irving wants to play for. The players will also have to get their act together. In these situations, people can’t blame it all on the coach. Players have to be coachable and play to the best of their abilities.
Even though it looks like, Scott will not be the coach, next season, the players still need to play better and do their part to make the Cavs relevant again.