One walked away, the other pushed away
Just like that the firing/leaving of coaches in the NBA has begun with the regular season wrapping up last night. The first two coaches to turn ex-coaches are the 76ers’ Doug Collins and the Cavaliers’ Byron Scott.
Doug Collins and his 76ers’ club missed the playoffs this year for the first time in Collins’ three years at the helm. Collins was not fired by the 76ers, but chose to resign for his own reasons. Owner Josh Harris reiterated that the club was not forcing Collins to leave with this statement.
“It’s his decision, he’s not being pushed out.”
This was a low year for the 76ers who had very high expectations when they acquired Andrew Bynum. Philly finished 34-48.
On the other side of the spectrum Byron Scott was in fact fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs have yet to get it together since their rebuilding process started when LeBron James took his talents to South Beach on national TV.
Poor defense, injuries, bad coaching? Whatever it was ultimately caused the Cavaliers to go 24-58, 16 of those 58 loses came in the last 18 games of the year. Looks like it will be another lottery pick year for the Cavs.
– John McAuliffe (@John_Mac310)