Scott’s Goal: To Win a Championship

By: Andrea Cole

Cleveland—Not only is LeBron James gone, but so are Shaquille O’Neal, Delonte West, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, along with coach Mike Brown and general manager Danny Ferry.

Cavs Coach Byron Scott

Where does that leave the Cavaliers and new coach Byron Scott? Right now it leaves them with a roster that is used to playing in the postseason, only with a star leading the way. But Scott recently told the Akron Beacon Journal’s Jason Lloyd he is optimistic for the future.

“The bottom line is I want to win a championship as a coach,” said Scott. “Maybe it won’t happen this year, maybe it’ll be four or five years down the line, but it’s still the ultimate goal for me. It’s what drives me. It’s why I’m here.”

The 49-year-old may be the coach that owner Dan Gilbert and Cavs fans have needed and wanted. He has experience and success as a player and coach. At Arizona State, he was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 1.752 points. Scott was the fourth overall selection in the 1983 NBA Draft by the San Diego Clippers before his rights were traded to the Lakers.

Scott has experience in winning in the NBA. He played for 14 years in the NBA (with L.A. from 1983-93, 1996-97; Indiana from 1993-95; and Vancouver from 1995-96). He won three NBA championships with the Lakers.

He spent two years with the Sacramento Kings as an assistant coach before taking on the coaching position with the New Jersey Nets. Scott spent three-and-a-half seasons in New Jersey, putting together a 149-139 record and taking the Nets from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the postseason.

Scott spent three years with the New Orleans Hornets and was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year two years ago.

He knows he has a tough job ahead of him and expects the players to step up.

“The way we get the fans back is by what we do on the court,” said Scott. “If we go out there and we play hard every single night and give 110 percent and they see that, they see the energy every night, it gives them hope of being a much better team from start to finish.”

Training camp starts this month—Sept. 28—and Scott recently said he cannot wait.

“I wish we were starting tomorrow so we could get it on,” he told the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

The team’s intrasquad scrimmage is scheduled for Oct. 1 at the University of Akron. There is no charge for the game, but anyone who wants to attend will need to obtain a voucher that is good for tickets. Vouchers are available (while supplies last) at FirstMerit bank branches in Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Medina, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne counties. The scrimmage is open to all ages, but anyone obtaining a voucher must be at least 18.

Although there is no charge for the scrimmage, fans will need to obtain vouchers good for tickets. Beginning Tuesday, the vouchers will be available, while supplies last, at all. Although the scrimmage is open to fans of all ages, only those 18 years or older may pick up vouchers.

Jamison Says Team Chemistry ‘Not Good

Cavs Forward Antawn Jamison

In a recent interview with Arnaud Lucotte of, Antawn Jamison said, “I arrived in Cleveland and tried to adapt myself, to melt myself in the collective. And then there was the elimination in the playoffs while we were there favorites and we realized that the chemistry was not good in the team. After that you ask yourself lots of questions, you think on how to come back stronger the following season. In the end, it’s been a season with a lot of ups and downs.”

In the same interview, Jamison also talked about Scott.

“He is a coach who has led his team to the Finals, and he will make everything he can for us to be competitive every night,” Jamison said. “In my case, he expects me to be a leader on the field and that’s what I want to be. His systems suited me well. It will be close to what that were put in place in Washington on the offensive side. This year we will seek to progress as a team and we have the right coach for this.”

Miami Homeless Shelters Not Accepting Jerseys

Miami—According to the Palm Beach Post, homeless advocates are not accepting James’ Cavaliers apparel donated from a Cleveland group.

In July, the website asked fans to send in any No. 23 apparel, in exchange for a T-shirt, which stated, “It’s not us, it’s you.” The organization then donated the items to homeless shelters in Miami.

However, homeless advocates have said that “politics have interfered with the shelters accepting the items,” according to the Post.

Follow Andrea Cole on Twitter @AndreaCole


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