By Anthony Caruso III
The Capital Sports Report
Owner/Managing Editor/Sr. Writer
Byron Scott has a huge task to overcome.
Unfortunately for him, Scott was given the responsibility, as the head coach, of rebuilding the Cleveland Cavaliers after LeBron James left the Cavs for the Miami Heat. Since that time, the Cavaliers have struggled to get back to a contender.
Scott had only 64 wins in his Cavaliers tenure over the past three years. And according to ESPN’s Stats and Info, the Miami Heat ended this season with more wins (66) than the Cavaliers had since the 2010 season.
The Cavaliers have not made the playoffs since the 2010 season. In addition, they showed very little progress even with highly-talented players such as Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters.
In their final 18 games, the Cavs only won two games and lost 16 games. This season was riddled with injuries that affected Irving, among others.
“I wish Byron Scott and his entire family the best going forward,” Gilbert said in a release. “Byron is a class guy, both on and off the court, and I thank him for his three years of coaching the Cavaliers. I fully support the difficult move that was made today. Although we saw progress with young individual player development, we did not see the kind of progress we expected on the team level this past season.
“We understand it was challenging with the injuries, but when you are at our stage in the building process, you don’t only measure team progress in wins and losses.”
Scott had one year left on his contract when he was fired. Management picked up his 2013-14 option back in October 2012.
The three years under Scott is one of worst times in Cavs history. And this is the second coaching change in the past four years, including Mike Brown’s firing in 2010 after being their head coach for five years.
At several times throughout the season, Scott complained that the team was not scoring enough points. One of those times came after the Cavs lost 10 straight games during a stretch in the season.
“I want to thank Chris Grant, Dan Gilbert and the Cavaliers organization for the opportunity I had to coach this team the last three seasons,” Scott said in a team release. “I am certainly proud of the progress that many of our players have made and greatly appreciate the dedication of my coaches and our team in our efforts to attain the success we all desired.”
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