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Cleveland Cavaliers Fire Head Coach Byron Scott After Three Seasons

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Joshua S. Kelly-USA Today Sports

On Thursday morning, the Cleveland Cavaliers made the decision to part ways with head coach Byron Scott after three seasons with the franchise.

Scott, who took over prior to the start of the 2010-11 season initially had the intentions of coaching LeBron James. That of course did not happen with James’ decision to take his talents to South Beach and join the Miami Heat.

Well, without James as an option, Scott struggled in attempting to get the Cavaliers out of their rut following that free agency departure. The team won a collective 64 games since Scott took over and you may have seen that statistic recently, considering James and the Heat have won more games that than during this season alone. Scott was a collective 64-166 in his three seasons in Cleveland.

The decision certainly shouldn’t come as much of a surprise despite Scott technically making improvements over the course of his three seasons in town. Cleveland won 19 games in his first year, then 21 in his second before totaling 24 this past season.

It will be interesting to see where the Cavaliers go from here. Cleveland’s decision comes on the heels of Doug Collins‘ decision to resign and step down as the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. So the options are opening up around the NBA, just one day following the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. These two openings also come on the heels of legendary head coach Phil Jackson reportedly “itching” to return to the sidelines.

 

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