It’s often the pattern with coaches who are in trouble that their players will come to their defense — “Don’t blame the coach, it’s us.”
When Kyrie Irving was asked about the embattled coach Byron Scott in Cleveland, the answer didn’t exactly follow that pattern, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“Until that time comes I’m not really worried about it,” Irving said. “To even imagine that, I’m not going down that road.
“I’m focused on finishing the season with him and that’s all that matters right now.”
Way to play the iron safely down the middle of the fairway and not pull out the driver, Kyrie. You can take that as him not wanting to come to his coach’s defense or him just trying to stay out of the way of the controversy, but it’s not a ringing endorsement either way.
Scott has not had much talent to work with in Cleveland, but it is fair to wonder if his old-school, long-practices, grinding style (and not calling timeouts during opponents runs) is really the best way to coach up a young team.
It’s the way of the NBA — coaches are easier to find than franchise players like Irving. Whatever happens, in three years Irving will still be the center of the Cavaliers, that is who they build around, not a coach.