The NBA Coaching Carousel Starts With The 1st Post Season Firing
Say goodbye to Cleveland’s Byron Scott. The Cavs fired Scott after a 24-58 record this past season, including losing 16 of their final 18 games.
Scott has now coached and been fired 3x, by the Nets, New Orleans, and now Cleveland.
Under Scott the Cavs pulled a very dubious ” honor” this past season. They blew 4 leads of at least 20 points, the 1st time that has been done in 10 years. The most controversial of those, and the one that brought the most angst against Scott was blowing a 27 point lead against the Miami Heat and losing that game that came during Miami’s 27 game winning streak.
Scott coached the Cavaliers for 3 seasons, all after Lebron James left Cleveland. His record-an ugly 64-166. It should be noted that Scott had little talent outside of young point guard Kyrie Irving and he missed many games with assorted injuries. Over his career Scott has a record of 416-521 with those teams mentioned before.
In other coaching news- Doug Collins makes it official, a story we wrote about over the weekend, and he resigned from the Philadelphia 76ers after 3 years. Team ownership made it a point to say Collins wasn’t fired but requested the move. Collins will stay with Philly in an “advisory” role.
The Lakers announced that Mike D’Antoni will return next year. They are still paying former head coach Mike Brown.
Meantime former Laker coach Phil Jackson is said by associates to be itching to get back into the NBA, perhaps as a coach, maybe running a ballclub.
On the college level, in another story we wrote about a few days ago, Eddie Jordan, former head coach in the NBA with the Nets, Wizards, and Kings, is returning to his college playing roots as he has agreed to become the next head coach at Rutgers. He replaces Mike Rice who was fired after video came out of him physically abusing his team and using slurs against his team as well.