Byron Scott to be Named Cavs Coach

In the end, the Cleveland Cavaliers chose experience over promise in picking their new coach. Reports said the Cavs are set to name former New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets head coach Byron Scott as the team’s new chief mentor.

Scott edged Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Brian Shaw, who was earlier rumored to be Cleveland’s top choice after impressing team officials during a series of interviews. Scott’s agent, Brian McInerney, told the Associated Press in an e-mail that the Cavaliers will formally introduce their new coach in a press conference on Friday.

Scott will be bringing with him the reputation of being a known trouble shooter who can turn a team around in a short time. A three-time NBA champion as a player, Scott guided the Nets to two-straight finals appearances in 2002 and 2003. He also made contenders out of the Hornets, who won their first-ever division title in 2008 under Scott.