Apparently the Cavaliers have decided on their next Head Coach, and it will be none other than Tom Izzo, Byron Scott, Brian Shaw, Byron Scott. This first according to Chris Broussard who first broke the news on twitter Wednesday night around 9pm when he tweeted “The Cavaliers are in contract negotiations with Byron Scott. He will be the club’s next head coach.”
This tweet coming about four hours after Brian Windhorst tweeted that “Brian Shaw contacting potential assistants, looking for experience with triangle offense. Looks like he’ll bring to Cavs if deal finalized.” Which made total sense at the time seeing as how Sam Amick wrote on NBA Fanhouse at noon on Tuesday that “With or without LeBron James Brian Shaw is looking like the next Cleveland Cavaliers coach…” Which is how it most certainly looked, until Chris Broussard’s initial report was subsequently supported by the story from Marc Spears quoting Brian Shaw as saying that he withdrew from the Cavs coaching search:“I know they have a timeline to hire a coach and I wasn’t able to meet that timeline,” Shaw told Yahoo! Sports. “I didn’t want to hold things up. It’s a great organization.” Then, Thursday morning, Jason Lloyd wrote that “Byron Scott will become the 19th coach in team history, his agent, Brian McInerney, confirmed to the Associated Press this morning.” So there you have it…its Byron Scott to replace Mike Brown.
What’s that mean? I really don’t think it means anything more than the Cavaliers were able to land an accomplished NBA coach to lead their team next season. Meaning, I don’t think it means anymore about LeBron James staying or going than Brian Shaw would have. It just seems to me that Dan Gilbert wanted to meet his stated July 1 deadline to have a coach in place, and he did it. Why was that his deadline? Well, I imagine its because he wanted to put the best power point presentation together that he possibly could prior to his…umm…meeting with LeBron. In Scott though, a coach who’s been to the Finals twice and won it all playing for the Lakers, I don’t see too many negatives there…but I’ll be back later with more on Byron Scott, all for now.