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Byron Scott says he’s happy in Cleveland, not interested in Lakers

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PHOENIX — Byron Scott’s obligatory pregame meeting with the media lasted less than three minutes on Friday, and none of the questions had anything to do with the game that night between his Cavaliers and the Suns.

As it is with almost everything of national interest in the NBA this season, it was all about the Lakers.

With the head coaching job in Los Angeles opening up earlier in the day, and with Scott having ties to the organization as a member of the Showtime championship teams of the 80s, it was expected that he’d be asked to give his thoughts on the situation.

“I think as one of the 30 in this league, you always feel bad when one of your counterparts gets let go,” Scott said. “And it’s a little surprising to me after just five games into the season. But I was told a long time ago that when you get hired, you get hired to get fired in this league. And that’s just the NBA, that’s just the life that we’ve chosen.

“Mike will definitely bounce back on his feet. He’s a good coach and a good guy, so he’ll be fine.”

Scott mentioned the fact that the axe dropped just five games in as being surprising, but also reminded us how things ended for him with the Hornets back in 2009.

“Only thing I can compare it to is I got fired nine games into the season in New Orleans, so maybe that’s pretty close to it,” he said.

The next logical question was whether or not Scott would have any interest in the job. And while he didn’t come out and say “absolutely not,” his answer seemed genuine and sincere when he mentioned how much he enjoys this young Cavaliers team — and how maybe, the time might be right to try to gain some additional job security.

“As I stated this summer, and I made perfectly clear, I am perfectly happy here in Cleveland,” Scott said. “I love what we’re building, and love what we’re doing. This might be a good time to ask [Cavs owner Dan Gilbert] if I can get another four-year extension.

“With the young guys we have and the draft picks we have coming, I want four more years after my contract’s up. It might be a good time to start politicking for that.”

Watch it again: Epic dunk contest duel between Zach LaVine, Aaron Gordon

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TORONTO — I am always hesitant to say a player/team/situation is one of the best of ever because the history of the NBA is filled with greats. We tend to overstate how good something current can be.  That said…

That was one of the best dunk contests ever.

Zach LaVine and Aaron Gordon put on a show for the ages. Gordon had the best dunks of the night (in my opinion), but LaVine is consistently amazing, every dunk he does is flat out ridiculous.

Officially, LaVine won. In reality, we all won. Enjoy watching it one more time.

Aaron Gordon both legs over the mascot, ball-under-the-legs dunk (VIDEO)

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TORONTO — Zach LaVine won the NBA All-Star Saturday Dunk Contest, but in an epic night for my money this was the single best dunk.

Orlando’s Aaron Gordon broke ground with this one — guys have jumped over mascots and other players before (and a Kia hood), but by splitting their legs apart. Gordon just put both legs over Stuff (that’s the mascot’s name, Stuff the Magic Dragon, I don’t make this up) — and took the ball off the mascot’s head, went under his legs, and threw it down.

Insane.

Gordon deserved a trophy for his performance in this dunk contest.

Zach LaVine edges Aaron Gordon in epic, insane Dunk Contest

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TORONTO — That. Was. Amazing.

In a dunk contest that will go down with the all-time greats — Jordan vs. Dominique, Dr. J from the free throw line — Minnesota’s Zach LaVine defended his dunk contest title. Barely. Because Orlando’s Aaron Gordon was doing dunks nobody had ever seen before.

And LaVine was bringing it just as hard.

The two men advanced to the finals — dismissing Will Barton and Andre Drummond, each of whom had good dunks — and that was when it got wild.

There were four second-round dunks, and four perfect scores of 50. (That was in spite of Shaq, who wanted to give nines for second attempts.)

“I was prepared for four (second round dunks),” LaVine said. “To tell the truth, he came with something that no one else has done. He did two dunks that were just crazy with the mascots, jumping over them. We just kept pushing each other until the last dunk. I’ve got to give it up to my boy Will “The Thrill” Barton. It’s because of him I think I won. Because he said try to go from the free-throw line. I’d never done that before, and I just tried it. So I guess it was a great dunk. I think it was the best one ever.”

The Air Canada Centre crowd was exploding with every dunk. The two men went to a dunk-off — and got two more 50s.

“If I knew it was going to be like that, I would have prepared better and we would have been here dunking all night, going back 50 after 50 after 50 after 50,” Gordon said. “We would have been here all night. I didn’t know it was going to be like that. I was just hoping Zach was going to miss, and it wasn’t going to happen. You could see as my facial expressions when Zach dunks it, it’s like okay, that’s a 50. Like I know we’re going to have to dunk again.”

So they went to a second-round of overtime, where LaVine put up another 50 and won the contest.

Gordon was close to perfect.

Zach LaVine can flat-out fly.

Magic’s Aaron Gordon with the over-the-mascot mad dunk

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TORONTO — Aaron Gordon was giving Zach LaVine all he could handle in the Dunk Contest.

He blew the lid off the Air Canada Centre with this dunk in the first round — and it wasn’t even his best dunk of the night. Never seen this before.

This dunk contest was awesome, so much more video to come.