The three seasons that he spent with the Cleveland Cavaliers following the exit of LeBron James probably did more to hurt than help the reputation of Byron Scott as a head coach.
But that really shouldn’t be the case. There’s not much Scott could do with Cleveland. Still, take away his fiasco at Cleveland and Scott might be the top choice to be the new Los Angeles Clippers coach. The Clippers obviously wanted Doc Rivers, and still do if they can work something out. Right now, though, they’re interviewing Scott, Brian Shaw and others.
Scott is not likely to get the Clippers job, or any other job for now, until the memory of his three poor seasons at Cleveland have faded. He is a good coach as he’s proven in the past and in some respects, he’d be an ideal skipper for the Clippers.
Scott is among the few coaches that have also had successes at dealing with troubled NBA players. In this case, that would be an asset for a coach of the Clippers, especially when it comes to dealing with egos like that of Chris Paul. Scott has proven with previous teams that he can put a winner on the floor. His job would be to take the Clippers to the NBA title. If the Clippers would hire Scott, they might have as much success as they would have had under Rivers, but his failure in Cleveland has likely put his coaching value at an all-time low.