Reporting Matt Loede
INDEPENDENCE, OH (92.3 The Fan) – The pressure of a coach never changes, and that was learned the hard way Monday in Berea when the Browns fired head coach Pat Shurmur.
Across town in Independence, Cavaliers coach Byron Scott, already fired once from a head coaching job in the NBA, knows all too well about the pressures of the job.
“A good friend of mine, I coach his son now, Bill Walton, told me when I got the job in New Jersey ‘you know coaches are hired to be fired,’” Scott chuckled Monday. “It’s nothing you can control, this is the nature of our business.”
Scott was well aware of the firing of Shurmur Monday, and said that while he and Pat never got to be very close, the pair were trying to set up a meeting.
“I talked to Pat last summer, and we we’re supposed to get together this summer, and I don’t know what Pat’s going to do but I still hope to,” Scott said.
The Cavs coach said Shurmur had the Browns heading in the right direction according to Scott, and thinks the Browns will be just fine.
“Just watching them I think they made leaps and bounds over last year,” Scott said. “They have a lot of good pieces, they have a good quarterback, a good running back, and some good receivers, and a good solid defense.”
As far as the Cavaliers goes, the team is by far the least covered in town next to the Browns and Indians, and probably even behind Ohio State.
When asked about if he likes the fact he’s not in a city where every move is second guessed, Scott said he wouldn’t mind the extra eyes and voices at all.
“I don’t mind being second guessed, I like being the hunted, I like teams coming after us,” Scott said. “Being in L.A. (with the Lakers) I liked the fact that every team was going to give us their best. That’s a challenge, and that’s what you want as a player every single night.”
For the young Cavs, they are hopeful to get forward/center Andy Varajeo back for their next matchup Wednesday vs the Kings of Sacramento at home.
Scott said that Varajeo did about 50 percent of the individual drills Monday, and expects to see more from him during Tuesday practice.
As for guard Daniel Gibson, he is still going through NBA League protocol when it comes to trying to work past the concussion he received during the loss to Atlanta Friday.