Despite leading the Nets to the franchise’s first two NBA Finals in three years as the Nets' bench boss, Byron Scott was fired in January of 2004, 44 games into a mediocre fourth season (22-20) after reported discord with franchise player Jason Kidd. The firing came just five days after Bruce Ratner, the man responsible for moving the Nets to Brooklyn, officially bought the Nets. When Mikhail Prokohorov took over the franchise and the move to Brooklyn was compete eight years later, the Nets would again fire an NBA champion guard-turned-coach after a disappointing first half start and feud with a star point guard. Funny how history repeats itself.
Scott would go on to coach the New Orleans Hornets from 2004-2009, making the playoffs twice and winning one playoff series. In 2007-2008, Scott coached the Chris Paul-led Hornets to a 56-26 mark, good enough for the second-best record in the Western Conference and an NBA Coach of the Year Award. The Hornets relieved Scott of his coaching duties after a 3-6 start to the 2009-2010 season.
Just six days before LeBron James took his talents to South Beach, the Cavaliers hired Scott on July 2, 2010. With the departure of King James from Cleveland, Byron inherited what turned out to be a 19-63 Cavs team instead of the title contender he likely imagined when he took over. The 2010-2011 campaign included an NBA record 26-game losing streak, with the silver lining being the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The Cavs selected Kyrie Irving, and now Scott has yet another talented point guard to help him build a winning team that will eventually fire him. As both Avery Johnson and Scott referenced on the day the Nets axed them: you get hired to be fired in the NBA.
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