Cleveland Cavaliers part ways with head coach Byron Scott

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Joe Prunty (left) and head coach Byron Scott stand on the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

Cleveland Cavaliers assistant coach Joe Prunty (left) and head coach Byron Scott stand on the court during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the New York Knicks at Quicken Loans Arena. (David Richard-USA TODAY Sports)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired head coach Byron Scott after three seasons at the helm, according to the Akron Beacon-Journal.

Obviously, Scott was brought into an incredibly tough situation. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert fired former coach Mike Brown, presumably to keep free agent-to-be LeBron James happy. Scott signed on to coach the team, but LeBron inked a deal with the Miami Heat, immediately turning a championship contending Cavs squad into bottom feeders.

The plan was to see gradual progression utilizing a few solid role players and high lottery draft picks. However, Gilbert and his staff simply did not see enough improvement to warrant a fourth season with Scott in charge. This again according to the Beacon-Journal:

The Cavs finished last in the league in defensive field-goal percentage, allowing opponents to shoot better than 47 percent. During Scott’s three years in charge, opponents shot .475, .467 and .476 this season. They never ranked higher than 27th in the league defensively.

The team suffered the two biggest collapses in franchise history this season, blowing a 26-point lead to the Phoenix Suns and a 27-point lead to the Miami Heat in March. They lost to the New York Knicks after leading by 22 points, they blew a 14-point lead to the Boston Celtics during the last eight minutes and then lost to the Indiana Pacers after leading by 20 with nine minutes left. They became the first team in 15 years to lose four games they led by at least 20 points, according to Elias Sports Bureau.

Scott leaves Cleveland with a 64-166 record over his three years as head coach. The LeBron James-led Miami Heat won 66 games (or two more than the Cavs during all of Scott’s tenure) over the 2012-13 season alone.

His .278 winning percentage is the lowest for any coach in the history of the Cleveland Cavaliers.