The Cleveland Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt-Boyer got a telephone interview with Byron Scott and quotes the now-former Cavaliers head coach.
“I’m disappointed, more than anything,” Scott said in a telephone interview. “I don’t think I got a fair shake.”
While his sentiment is understandable, this is an issue of framing. The Cavaliers were never designed to win a whole host of games this season and everyone knew it. The question, as always, is why exactly was Byron Scott fired? Was it truly a matter of wins and losses, or were there more factors?
Our own Andrew has weighed in on the topic earlier today.
It wasn’t fair that Chris Grant was giving Byron Scott undrafted D-League players and forcing him to give them meaningful NBA minutes. It wasn’t fair that Byron had to coach a starting five containing two rookies and two second-year players. And it certainly isn’t fair that he was fired before he could see his rebuilding work through to the end.
Unfortunately for Byron Scott, professional sports aren’t about fairness. And even more unfortunate for Byron Scott, firing him at this time was absolutely the right move for this franchise.
As I have weighed in over the last day or so, I’ve continually said that this couldn’t be just about wins and losses. I think it was about superlative losses and superlative losing streaks. Ultimately, with regard to fairness, that’s unfair to fans and the team chose their best path was to make a change.