The first time Byron Scott was fired, Lawrence Frank took his job. Now they're both looking for work, and the NBA's coaching carousel is already spinning in three cities.
The first time Byron Scott was fired, Lawrence Frank took his job. Now they’re both looking for work, and the NBA’s coaching carousel is already spinning in three cities.
Scott was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Frank was ousted by the Detroit Pistons and Doug Collins resigned as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, all three yesterday, a day after the end of the regular season.
And now the wait continues to see what happens in other cities, such as Sacramento, Toronto and maybe even Atlanta.
Scott went 64-166 in his three years with the Cavs, who were weakened by injuries this season. He was fired one day after Cleveland closed another frustrating season with its sixth straight loss to finish 24-58 — the NBA’s third-worst record.
“I feel like a piece of me is missing,” Cavs guard Kyrie Irving said after hearing the news. “ Emotions are running high. I’m trying to get over the loss of my basketball father.”
Plenty of big names may try to return to the sideline this offseason, with speculation revolving around the likes of Phil Jackson, Stan Van Gundy and former Cavs coach Mike Brown.
Brown, a close friend of Cavaliers general manager Chris Grant, told The Plain Dealer he would listen if the team called.
“If anybody calls, you have to listen,” said Brown, who was fired by the Los Angeles Lakers just five games into this season. “I’m not rushing to get back to (coaching). Whether it’s the Cavs situation or anybody else, it has to feel right for both sides.
Grant declined to address specific candidates, including Brown.
“We’ll look for someone with proven success and somebody who is strong defensively with proven systems,” Grant said. “We’ll look for somebody who is a teacher, a
grinder and worker. Certainly we’re excited about some of the pieces we have, but we’ve got to get better.”
Collins essentially chose his own fate, though he could have stayed on the 76ers’ sideline if he was so inclined with one year and $4.5 million left on his contract.
“There’s a lot of things I want to enjoy,” Collins said. “I think it’s every man’s dream to be able to live that life that you’ve worked so hard to try and live. That’s what I want to do.”
The Sixers went 34-48 and missed the playoffs for the first time in his three seasons.
The Pistons brought Frank on before the start of the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season. He went 54-94 with Detroit.Players to face fines for flopping in playoffs
The NBA will fine players $5,000 for a first flopping offense during the playoffs. The league issued players a warning for a first offense during the regular season.
A second offense in the postseason will bring a $10,000 fine.