I don't know how this rumor started in the first place, but to make it clear, Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coach Byron Scott isn't going anywhere any time soon.
Chris Grant addressed this yesterday, and as always, the Akron Beacon Journal's Jason Lloyd was right on top of it.
Just to make it official, #Cavs GM Chris Grant on BScott: "Byron has the complete and total support of myself and our entire organization."
Obviously, you look at a 26 game losing streak and immediately think, "well is coaching involved?" And you wouldn't be wrong for thinking that. But it's also important to put things in perspective. First and foremost, do the Cleveland Cavs really want to be paying another coach when the NBA Lockout is looming? Not to mention, firing two coaches in under a year doesn't exactly shine brightly on your franchise, losing streak or not.
And really, despite your feelings on his coaching, is it exactly fair to judge a guy 50+ games in? The defense is terrible, you can question the rotations and personnel moves at times (again, why is Parker doing playing 30 minutes while Manny Harris gets five?), but this team isn't good. That's really the bottom line. It's a bunch of undrafted players, rookies, bit players and Misfit Toys. Scott has shown that with the right group of guys, he can have success. He has a track record. He deserves at least a little bit of time to show that.
I know the NBA isn't exactly like the NCAA when it comes to building a team. I get that. But it might be a good idea to treat it this way for a couple years. Start from the bottom, "recruit" with scouting and effective drafting, welcome "transfers" through trades and a second chance, and implement a system. What's the worst that can happen? The team loses 30 straight? Oh, wait...
At least Byron Scott is confident.
"I just have a lot of confidence in what I do," he said. "I know I’m the right man for the job."
Maybe they win tonight, maybe they win Sunday, maybe they win two weeks from now. But Byron Scott is finishing the season, and he's probably getting another two years to see this thing through...whether anyone likes it or not.