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Cavs choose Byron Scott (UPDATE)

Posted on: June 30, 2010 9:26 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2010 9:53 pm

The Cavaliers are in deep discussions with Byron Scott to be their next head coach, two people familiar with the matter confirmed to Barring any unexpected hitches in negotiation, the two-time Finals coach will take over for Mike Brown, who was fired after the Cavs' premature playoff exit.

Scott, the former coach of the Nets and Hornets, and Lakers assistant Brian Shaw went down to the wire as the two finalists to replace Brown. Shaw was "extremely impressive" in his interview, a person involved in the process said, but Scott's experience, defensive system and track record of coaching in two Finals were the deciding factors for the Cavs.

Cavs GM Chris Grant, owner Dan Gilbert and the basketball staff met late into Tuesday night after completing Shaw's interview and decided t to move forward with Scott -- no knock on Shaw, but rather a nod to the fact that Scott's resume had all the boxes checked that Cleveland was looking for, according to a person familiar with the decision. Still unsure whether free-agent LeBron James will be returning to the Cavs, the team was particularly impressed with Scott's history of coaching superstars to the cusp of a championship and also inheriting rebuilding teams and instilling them with a winning culture. While sources said management did not ask for James' approval on the hire, the choice of an established coach with a winning pedigree and a strong emphasis on defense will not hurt Cleveland's efforts to retain James amid dogged pursuit from the Bulls, Heat, Knicks, Nets and (on the periphery of the madness) the Clippers.

Shaw, awaiting Phil Jackson's decision on whether to retire or return to pursue another championship in L.A. next season, in fact came away from the interview process convinced that the Cavs will be able to keep LeBron, said Shaw's agent, Jerome Stanley.

"Just the passion that ownership has, the fact that they are committed to winning, and LeBron having displayed loyalty to them, he felt they'd be able to keep him," Stanley said. "That's just his opinion."

Stanley also said Shaw was uncomfortable with the speed at which the Cavs wanted to move in completing the hire. It is crunch time, with free agency kicking off at 12:01 a.m. Thursday, but the Cavs have moved as deliberately as any contending team in memory engaged in a coaching search.

"They would've wanted a decision very fast, and Brian felt it just wasn't going to fit his timing," Stanley said.

Shaw and the rest of Jackson's staff do not have contracts for next season as they await Jackson's decision. A person with strong ties to Jackson told Wednesday that the 11-time championship coach had yet to make a decision on whether to coach next season. But there have been strong indications over the past few days that Jackson, 64, will not be faced with any health reasons that preclude him from coaching. And if that is what Jackson decides to do, the person close to him said it is believed that the contractual details will be worked out.


Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: July 2, 2010 2:17 pm

Cavs choose Byron Scott (UPDATE)

Good for the Lakers to be able to keep their coaching staff intact for the next title chase, since Phil Jackson is indeed going to coach the Lakers next season.  Now the Lakers just need to acquire Steve Blake to split the point time with Derek Fisher, and Mike Miller to come off the bench and be able to play the shooting guard or small forward position. Then, maybe one of the two rookie draft picks actually makes the team, and can help on the boards. Do these things Lakers and you will get another ring, regardless of where LeCrybaby and his rearend friends go.

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: July 1, 2010 1:36 pm

Cavs choose Byron Scott (UPDATE)

This is a very clear signal Lebron will resign with the Cavs.

Since: May 27, 2009
Posted on: July 1, 2010 10:05 am

Cavs choose Byron Scott (UPDATE)

Fat chance...the Cavs are finished if he leaves.

Since: Jan 20, 2008
Posted on: July 1, 2010 2:42 am

Cavs choose Byron Scott (UPDATE)

I hope Byron Scott will take the Cavaliers into the playoffs and knock out LeBron's new team.

That would be AWESOME!!!!


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