Thursday, July 1st, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  34 responses

Byron Scott is the Cavs’ New Head Coach

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

Next season, Byron Scott will either be the coach under the harshest of glares — a guy expected to steer a LeBron James-led team to its first championship — or a guy coaching a team hoping to get a high draft pick in the 2011 NBA Draft.

Brian Shaw unexpectedly pulled his name out of the running for the gig, and Byron quickly swooped in again.

Scott, who let it be known earlier this week that he’d happily coach the Cavs with or without LeBron, will get his opportunity according to several published reports.

ESPN, the Plain Dealer and FanHouse all confirm that Cleveland will soon officially have a new, perennially cross-armed bench boss:

Less than a day after Byron Scott’s agent, Brian McInerney, publicly congratulated his competition for winning the job and Scott himself wished the Cavs well in a late-night phone call, McInerney told FanHouse that Scott has agreed to “essential terms (of a contract), with details to be worked out throughout the night.”

In an interview with FanHouse, Scott’s agent, McInerney, had denied reports that it was a foregone conclusion Scott would become the Cavs coach, but he would say less than two hours later, “The presentation was very aggressive and didn’t require hours of negotiation.”

While terms of the agreement are not known, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert clearly came prepared with an offer that Scott, who earned $5.5 million annually in his last head coaching job with New Orleans, couldn’t refuse. “Dan has proven to be an owner who will invest his money to win a championship,” said McInerney, who would not disclose the rough terms. “We’re happy about it.”

The Cavs have taken care of one very important piece of business this summer so far. They got themselves a coach. Good for them.

I’m told their work isn’t quite finished yet, though. Something about a local kid who may or not send the franchise into a devastating tailspin depending on what he decides to do over the next few weeks. Good luck with all of that, Cavs.

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  • http://soundcloud.com/boy-sanchez Boy Sanchez

    Lebron’s decision gets tougher and tougher…

  • dino

    Run LeBron Run

  • cru_thik305


  • http://www.oo.com.au Dacre

    The Byron Scott era in Ohio UNFOLDS.

  • http://aspov.blogspot.com Cheryl

    If Shaw pulled out, it could only mean Phil is gone.
    Damn, I was hoping to see Phil give the threepeat a shot.

  • http://www.slamonline.com MooButter

    lol @ “perennially cross-armed bench boss”

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  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Thank You, Lakers need Brian Shaw not Bryon Scott!!

  • MikeC.

    The Cavs just hired an excellent assistant coach. Congratulations Byron Scott, assistant coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky


  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    lol Mike C!!!

  • http://Www.slamonline.com Negetivekreep

    @Cheryl: Shaw pulling out could also mean Phils coming back. If you think about it, this is the last year of his contract. And win or lose it’s oubviously going. to be his last. So perhaps Shaw is jush being shrude, knowing that if he waits just one more year,Mabey gets another ring under his belt, the job with out a doubt will be his.

  • brooke

    @Cheryl, Phil Jackson did in fact resign for the head coaching spot for the Lakers. I hope Lebron doesn’t go!

  • LA Huey

    nice, Mike C

  • big mike

    What do you win if you guess right? Bragging rights? To whom? Wanna know what you lose? Disappointment! Congrats!

  • riggs


  • http://www.twitter.com/gerardhimself Gerard Himself

    Great Scott.

  • http://sdfjkldfl.com Jukai

    A thousand times better than Mike Brown.

  • AdrianC513

    Maybe He can bring Chris Paul

  • T-Money

    negativekreep: there is never any guarantee. the lakers could take jvg next year or anybody else / byron scott is a major, major upgrade over mike brown. he knows offense and his superstars respect him because he played the game at a very high level. journalists rarely get the fact that players never care as much about coaches that have never played the game. you can win a championship with byron scott.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    If he took this job he must have known lebron was coming back to the cavs. If not was he really that hungry to get back to the coaching game?

  • T-Money

    JACO: 5 mil+ is kinda nice.

  • http://www.shawnkemp.com JACO

    T-Money:Well yea kinda can’t argue with dat logic.

  • Stillballin

    A.L. that’s the after lebron era agains…

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    In every spot he’s been in, Scott’s coaching acumen has been questionined. Just saying.

  • E.R

    definitely an updgrade

  • http://www.clownpenis.com Tarzan Cooper

    Mouth agape grimace clone out.

  • ccantrell

    nice move by cavs.. i like him over shaw and izzo

  • The Philosopher

    Karl Malone humiliated him.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    Yes! Yes! Yes!

  • Ben

    Byron Scott doesn’t actually exist

  • JoeMaMa

    Good move, they can sell him to LeBron. Multiple trips to the finals as a coach/player, won titles as a player, worked/players with great players along the way, hyper competitive, ruthless for wins…it’s a good pick up for the Cavs.

  • http://www.slamonline.com J

    he’s the best available right now. JVG is mike brown 2.0 with a little more offense. just a little more. shaw is unproven. so as Izzo. we didn’t get avery. there’s no way we get Jax or Pat even in NBA live or so.. and i’m not complaining, like i said he’s the best available right now.