How did Byron Scott become a coach? Blame Pat Riley for that, too.

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Thumbnail image for bscott.jpgByron Scott was drafted out of Arizona State as a pure shooter onto a team with Kareem, Magic and Worthy — he got some good looks. He came in knowing he was a baller.

He didn’t come in thinking of himself as a guy who would coach some day.

But his coaches saw it in him, as Scott explained to WKNR In Cleveland (via Sports Radio Interviews)

“He told me when I was 26 years old, Pat Riley that is, that I’m going to be a coach one day and I would understand some of the things he had to do to get prepared. I looked at him and I was 26 years old, my fifth year in the league and I told him, ‘You’re out of your mind. You’re crazy. I’m never coaching.’ He said, ‘Alright, you just watch.’ Thirty-two years old, I’m playing for Larry Brown, who said the same thing. So I just looked and started thinking, ‘What do they see in me that makes them think that I can be a good coach?’ I started taking a lot of notes and really started to think about the game from a coaching standpoint. Lo and behold, here I am.”

Kobe Bryant with spin move around LeBron James (VIDEO)

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The game itself went about how you’d expect one between a title contender and a high lottery team to go — the Cavaliers 120-111 win over the Lakers was never really in doubt.

But the fans in Cleveland wanted to see some vintage Kobe Bryant, and they got it late when he spun around LeBron James and hit the reverse lay-up.

LeBron had 29 points on the night, and Kyrie Irving had 35. Kobe finished with 17 and got a standing ovation from the Cleveland crowd.

Suns’ Markieff Morris, Archie Goodwin get in scuffle on the bench

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Just another magical day in the Valley of the Sun, where clearly Jeff Hornacek was the problem….

During an early timeout in the Suns’ game at Golden State, Markieff Morris tried to explain something to Archie Goodwin, who is seated. This conversation gets heated quickly, and teammates eventually have to step in and separate the two teammates.

The Suns have shopped Morris around as the trade deadline approaches, this isn’t going to help his value.

We should find out more about what happened after the game ends, although I’m sure both sides will play it down as “nothing.”

Kawhi Leonard drains game winner to beat Orlando (VIDEO)

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This is how much Gregg Popovich trusts Kawhi Leonard on offense now: Tie game with 13.3 seconds remaining, and the play design is a 1-4 flat isolation for Leonard. It’s the kind of play teams will call for LeBron James or Kevin Durant. Popovich just called it for Leonard.

And he was rewarded with a game-winning bucket.

Leonard finished with 29 points, LaMarcus Aldridge had 21, and the Spurs head into the All-Star break with a 45-8 record, on pace to win 70 games this season. And that still would only get them a two seed.

Hornets’ Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers shoulder dislocation, leaves game

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had been back just six games after suffering a torn labrum in the preseason that required surgery. The Hornets had won four of those six, were playing improved defense, and looked like a potential playoff team in the East.

Now this.

He went straight to the locker room and did not return to the game (the Pacers got the win).

You can see the injury above. In a scramble for a loose ball, the Pacers’ Ian Mahinmi falls on MKG’s arm, dislocating his shoulder.

We don’t know the severity of all this and if MKG is going to miss time beyond this game. But it isn’t good.