Byron Scott: ‘I Would Coach [Cavs] Without LeBron’

by June 29, 2010

Byron tells Yahoo! that he’d be happy to coach in Cleveland, even if the League MVP bolted this summer: “Scott has twice interviewed with the Cavaliers and has had several phone conversations with team officials, including what he described as a ‘great’ talk with general manager Chris Grant on Sunday. Scott made clear to the Cavs that neither Jackson’s nor James’ decisions have any impact on his interest in coaching Cleveland. The Cavs were expected to interview Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw on Monday. Scott said he has not been offered the job, and it’s his understanding the Cavs hope to make a decision by Thursday’s start of free agency. ‘I’m not sitting and waiting on Phil Jackson,’ Scott said. ‘That ain’t me. I’m not waiting on anybody.’ Scott is hopeful James will return to the Cavaliers. He hasn’t spoken directly to James, but has talked to people in his camp, who say there’s a ’50-50′ chance James re-signs with Cleveland. ‘He’s a loyal guy,’ Scott said. ‘He wants to win.’ Without James, the Cavaliers would instantly transform from a title contending team to a rebuilding franchise. Scott isn’t fearful of that possibility because he’s been in similar situations coaching the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets. ‘I would coach there without LeBron,’ Scott said. ‘But they got a good shot at getting him back. Without him, they would probably go from 60 wins to 30 wins. But [without James], it’s still a better job than when I first started in New Jersey, and it’s still a better job than when I first started in New Orleans.”’