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(Cleveland) - The Byron Scott era is over for the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a 24-58 season, the Cavaliers are letting their head coach go.
The announcement was made by Cavaliers General Manager Chris Grant. He held a news conference carried live on Newsradio WTAM 1100.
Scott, 52, was named the 18th head coach in Cleveland Cavaliers history on July 1, 2010. The Cavaliers’ record during Scott’s tenure as Head Coach was 64-166.
“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,” said Scott. “Anita and I have enjoyed our time here in Cleveland and greatly appreciate the support we received from this special community and the many friendships we developed. 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.”
The Cavaliers will immediately commence a search, led by General Manager Chris Grant, for the team’s next head coach.
"I wish Byron Scott and his entire family the best going forward. Byron is a class guy, both on and off the court, and I thank him for his three years of coaching the Cavaliers,” said Cavaliers majority owner Dan Gilbert.
“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.
It has been our strong and stated belief that when our team once again returns to competing at the NBA's highest levels it will be because we have achieved our goals on the defensive side of the court.
Our fans have been incredibly loyal and supportive during these transition years. They deserve better than we have been delivering as of late and it is our full intent to deliver them the kind of competitive team that they expect to see on the court beginning next season,” Gilbert concluded.
Scott didn't catch many breaks in his tenure. Year-one was post LeBron James. In the second year there was a lockout. This season was riddled by injuries, including star players Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao.
But losing 16 of the last 18 games while squandering big leads in several games with little improvement on the defensive end led to Thursday's decision.
Scott was formerly the head coach of the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets.
He attended Arizona State University, but left school in his junior year to sign with the then San Diego Clippers. He was an important component of the Los Angeles Lakers championship teams of the mid-to-late 1980s.
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