Shawn Rants: The Firing of Cavs Coach Byron Scott


So, most of you who know me, and if you don’t know me that well you can read through a few of my posts here or my replies on the PoS Facebook page, and you’ll know that I don’t give much slack to losers.  By that I mean, if you can’t produce results, I tend not to buy into the excuse that you’re “making progress”.  I called for Pat Shurmur to be removed very early in his brief tenor as Browns Head Coach, I called for Mike Brown to be fired shortly after the Cavs got knocked out of the Celtics in the playoffs (the first time), and I am quick to call for the Browns to move on past QB’s who aren’t going to cut it long term (*cough* Weeden *cough*).  So, before you read the rest of this, know this.  I do not hold the usual “hope for mediocrity” mantra that most Cleveland fans are satisfied with.  I don’t want a watchable product, I don’t want a team that plays with “competitiveness” while losing.  I don’t believe that any city with that attitude deserves or will ever have a long term winner.  Dynasty are not built on excuses, they are produced with consistent improvement and results.

 

That being said, dynasties and championship caliber teams are not built overnight.  They are not built with confused team philosophies, and they are rarely produced with constant turnover.  This brings me to now former Cavs Head Coach Byron Scott.  The official reason the organization gave for firing Coach Scott was his inability to manage an effective defense during his time as head coach.  Further, looking at his abysmal win-loss ratio (he only won 27% of his games as head coach with the Cavs), the reasons for pulling the trigger on firing him were clearly in place.  That being said, I think we can all agree that Coach Scott did the Cavs a favor by even agreeing to coach this team in the first place.  Lebron was clearly on his way out the door, way before they even fired Mike Brown.  And while fans may have not allowed themselves to believe it, the front office HAD to know, if for no reason other than Lebron’s refusal to talk deal with them.  Coach Scott knew he was going to take over a league worst team when he agreed to take the job.  He was given assurances that if the unthinkable happened, if the best player in the league bolted, he would be given time to coach up a young team through the draft.  This is the reason the Cavs tapped Coach Scott in the first place, he has an excellent pedigree for mentoring and coaching young players.  And to that end, he’s done a really admirable job.  Kyrie has a ton of natural talent, but he has clearly been given guidance along the way.  Dion Waiters was far from a sure thing (still is), and Tristan Thompson wasn’t supposed to be as good as he has emerged this past season.  Coach Scott has one of the leagues youngest teams, and although the wins-losses aren’t in his favor, the improvement in individual and team performances are.

Lets look at facts.  Most of the teams that play outstanding defense in the NBA are veteran teams.  The Celtics, the Spurs, the Bulls, even the hated Heat.  Even the excellent teams that are young don’t play great defense.  Look at the Thunder.  No one can question their ability to score, but they are extremely soft on the defensive side of the court.  The Cavs have far less depth and experience, and their defense isn’t much worse than the Thunder.  A lot of the Cavs defensive woes can be chalked up to inexperience and youth, and signing a few veteran free agents, while continuing to let their budding young stars grow would cover a host of failures there.
The Cavs set a 5 year minimum time frame on rebuilding in the post-Lebron era.  They gave Coach Scott 3 years, and he’s done about as well as anyone could have in my opinion.  The young guys love playing for him, and he clearly has their respect.  Now the rumor is the Cavs are trying to bring back in Mike Brown, I suppose in hopes of his inability to connect with players being a willing scapegoat for when Kyrie takes the first ticket out of the frozen city.  Because the truth is, Mike Brown may coach good defense, but he’s about as inept a coach offensively as you’ll find in the NBA.  Worse, he has zero charisma, and players don’t want to play for him, nor do they often respect him.  At least with Coach Scott, you had a willing mentor to young players, and a guy who they looked up to/respected.

This is the way of the Cavs though.  A lot of talk from Dan Gilbert, backed up by a complete lack of basketball knowledge.

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Irving could be shut down again if knee problems persist – Cleveland Cavaliers – Ohio


Irving could be shut down again if knee problems persist – Cleveland Cavaliers – Ohio.

I honestly wish they would just sit him and let him heal.  Its not like the Cavs are playing with the playoffs in mind or anything.

SMD = Small market dominance… Cleveland Ready to rule?


This is a hopeful fans opinions;

This has been one of the busiest and most productive off seasons on Lake Erie in recent memory. Could it be possible that by 2014 the Cleveland Indians could be in a pennant race; the Cavs could be trying to put together a deal to bring LeBron James back to play with Kyrie; and the Browns could be in the post season?

I’ll break down, team by team, what I think is good and bad about this off season and our teams going into 2013.

INDIANS:

THE GOOD:  TERRY FRANCONA, FREE AGENT PICKUPS, OUR STARTING LINE

We didn’t sign Manny Act’s cousin as our coach, we went out and got the best coach available (thank you for the instant free agent pull Terry). There is no doubt the reason we just landed two of the biggest free agents we have had in Cleveland since 1997 was because of Tito.  Micheal Bourne and Nick Swisher just instantly made our on base percentage better before opening day.  This is the best starting line up we have had since the late 90s and I believe it is only going to get better.

THE BAD: PITCHING

The pitching situation is much like the browns QB situation; QUESTIONABLE. I do think it will improve and be at least an average bullpen by the end of 2013 which with our starting line up means we will win games.

 

THE BROWNS

THE GOOD: OUR COACHING STAFF, LOADED WITH YOUNG TALENT (thank you Tom Hekert), LOTS OF MONEY TO SPEND

Think about our offense last year for a second. Our #1 WR Josh Gordon came on strong after the 5th week. He is a rookie who was the #2 WR at Baylor and didn’t play football for a year. Our #2 WR is still raw in his second year and hand stone hands for most of 2012. We rounded that out with a talented but injured rookie running back and another rookie WR. We started a rookie 29 year old QB and we paired him with Pat Shurmur running a 1980’s style west coast offense. Shurmur decided to keep a guy who was most comfortable in the Shotgun out of it. Out of all NFL quarterbacks, Weeden was in the shotgun less than anyone other than Matt Schaub. THIS TEAM CAN ONLY BETTER WITH EXPERIENCE.

With Norv Turner we bring in an offensive coach in with 29 years of experience and he is running the digits system which fits our city.  If you like the 3-4 defense or not Ray Horton was arguably the best DC in football last year and we landed him. Rob Chudziniski is a young, inventive, inspired, homegrown offensive Head Coach, which makes him a perfect fit for an instant improvement on both sides of the ball.

THE BAD:

We need a terrific draft which I’m not confident Michael Lombardi can produce. We have to land a CB, DE, OLB and Veteran WR and then we have got to find a developmental QB that can fit our city and system.

My opinion is Brandon Weeden is our QB for 2013 ( I actually think for the next 4-5 years) and we draft Tyler Bray or Wilson to develop. I think he will have his ups and downs, but Trent Richardson will have a great year (over 1400 yards and 12 tds) and we pull out a 9-7 record with a shot at a wild card spot.

THE CAVS:

I don’t have a good and bad right now. Kyrie Irving is a superstar, Waiters will be good but I do not see much else on the court. LeBron James coming back to Cleveland instantly puts us as a top three team in the NBA, let’s see what happens.

 

comment back and tell us what you think our records will be.

On Kyrie Irving and What His Value Is


Kyrie Irving Is Redefining the Point Guard Position | Bleacher Report.

Kyrie is honestly about as exciting a player to watch as exist in the NBA.  He may not be as dominant as Lebron, as efficient as Durant  (yet), but man he’s fun to watch.  His skill set at the point is so unique, so special that it makes him make me want to watch Cav basketball again, even if they are losing.  The “destiny” storyline around how we got the draft pick that ended up being Kyrie (it was the one we got in the trade for Baron Davis, with a 2.2% chance of getting the #1 pick) only fuel an already awesome basketball tale.

Report: Greg Oden to put off signing deal until this summer | ProBasketballTalk


Report: Greg Oden to put off signing deal until this summer | ProBasketballTalk.

 

I still really don’t think Oden would be much help, but if he’s cheap enough, go for it I guess.  Looks like he wants to play in Cleveland over the alternatives.  He can be really good if he’s healthy.

How a harsh critic of LeBron James came to terms with his possible Cleveland Cavaliers return: Bill Livingston | cleveland.com


How a harsh critic of LeBron James came to terms with his possible Cleveland Cavaliers return: Bill Livingston | cleveland.com.

 

I really appreciate the sentiment in this article.  I hold a grudge, typically indefinitely, maybe in part due to my Irish ancestry.  Either way, the possibility of pairing Kyrie with Lebron is extremely exciting.  That duo, with the young core the Cavs have built with Waiters, Thompson and Zeller, could be a legitimate power in the East.  Here’s hoping…