Over the past week and beyond, the head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Byron Scott, has been one of the more interesting and colorful pre- and post-game interview instructors to listen to. Ranging from his well-documented rantings declaring that, “Andy Varejao was fantastic. Everybody else sucked tonight,” to him answering a journalist’s iPhone that was doubling as a voice recorder during an interview, coach Scott has been a must-see performer when at the mic.
When Scott participated in telling reporters that Anderson Varejao was the best center in the Eastern Conference, if not the NBA, and answering a husband’s phone call during question time, there were only laughs and praise to the Wild Thing present. However, his words on Friday after Cleveland’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves resulted in a more serious response. On Sunday, Scott was slapped with a $25,000 fine for taking a jab at the officials after a 91-73 loss to the T-Wolves in Minnesota.
Here is what Scott said that had the league all up in arms:
I’m trying to figure out a way to say this without getting fined. It was that bad. It really was. It was that bad. I mean I understand we’re playing in Minnesota, but 35-9, we went to the basket just as much as they did. I think we had 38 attempts in the paint to their 34, we get nine free throws, I think that speaks for itself.
Even though he alluded to not receiving a money penalty for his words, Scott did in fact see a charge. I don’t see a problem in what he said, but whenever you start off a response to a question regarding officiating like that, a fine will follow quickly. He’s right in his argument, but it’s a fight that always leaves the players or coaches on the losing end of things.
Although no one likes seeing $25,000 go to waste because of a strong opinion, this surely isn’t the end to what Scott has in store as far as press conferences go. Let’s take a moment of silence for coach Scott’s checkbook, and get back to business.