Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott reacts after a turnover during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. The Bobcats won 105-98. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)The Associated Press
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott watches from the bench during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)The Associated Press
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio – The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Byron Scott after three losing seasons.
Scott went 64-166 with the Cavs, who were weakened by injuries this season but also showed little progress. Scott was informed he would not be coming back on Thursday, one day after Cleveland closed a frustrating season with its sixth straight loss and finished 24-58 — the NBA's third-worst record.
Scott has one season left on his contract. The Cavs picked up his option for 2014 in October.
The Cavs' three seasons under Scott were among the worst in franchise history. He isn't solely to blame, but his young team in 2013 seemed to tune him out down the stretch, leaving owner Dan Gilbert no choice but to make a coaching change for the second time in four years.