The big news for the Cavaliers today is that Byron Scott was officially named the head coach of our beloved ballers. Scott played 14 NBA seasons, primarily with the Los Angeles Lakers, where he was a part of three championship winning teams. He has coached 12 seasons in the NBA, ten of which he has served as a head coach. In his second and third seasons as a head coach for the New Jersey Nets, Scott coached a team quarterbacked by Jason Kidd to back-to-back Finals appearances. He moved on to the New Orleans Hornets after being fired in Jersey and had an extremely successful tenure given the team he coached.
And more importantly than all of that, Byron Scott mentioned today in his press conference that he will not shy away from his roots and he will continue to play a fast-paced style of basketball. Why is that important? Well, there’s this guy (I’m sure you’ve heard of him) that goes by the name of LeBron James that just so happens to be one of the best transition scorers in the entire league. The problem was, Mike Brown is/was not a run-and-gun type of coach – thus, LeBron didn’t get quite as many opportunities to run the floor. Are you starting to see the connection? While LeBron has been meeting with countless franchise executives over the last two days, the Cleveland Cavaliers have been doing their talking in the front office. Byron Scott is not only a tremendous coach in his own right. But Byron Scott is just the guy that could push LeBron James to that next level.
I can see it now: LeBron James playing a fast-paced style of basketball, spreading the floor, finding open shooters and throwing down a variety of vicious jams. Well, he kind of already does that doesn’t he? Yes, he does. But he’s only able to get out in transition after a theft or something of the sort – which, is really not that often. However, under Coach Scott, LeBron could go from regular season MVP to Finals MVP all the while averaging a triple double. In my dreams, right? I may be stretching the reality just a little bit. But it isn’t all that crazy to believe someone like LeBron could average a triple-double in this league under the right scheme. Could Byron Scott be that guy?
Stay tuned for more.