NEW ORLEANS - JUNE 29: New Orleans Hornets Head Coach Byron Scott addresses the media at a press conference for Julian Wright, the 13th overall draft pick in the 2007 NBA Draft at the Dreyads YMCA June 29, 2007 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the term and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2007 NBAE (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)
All firing Byron Scott would do now is send the false message to Cavaliers fans that the organization was actually trying to win games in 2012-13 with the roster assembled.
This is what I reminded myself as Twitter erupted with cries for Scott's job last night following an uninspired loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
Winning this year specifically was never the primary objective during this phase of the process.
I resigned myself to this simple, boringly painful truth before the season ever began. The wins I was willing to accept as a welcomed diversion to losing while we tanked our way to another lottery.
The last tank-filled season of draft positioning that we’d hopefully endure for the next decade.
I do realize the product is increasingly terrible as this season dies its unmerciful death.
The Cavaliers are the worst defensive unit in the NBA at the moment and it’s not even close. The pregame press conference was spent discussing aspects of a spider zone that helped Brooklyn to shoot 70-percent in the first half.
So there is no way I blame any Cavs fan who is actually still paying attention at this point and believes that the coach should be fired for the product they are being forced to watch.
I actually left the Q with six minutes remaining myself because the pain I felt in my eyes was so fierce I feared the possibility of future blindness.
In saying as much, though, the Cavaliers are still best served by allowing themselves to find out what Scott’s capable of doing when equipped with a reputable NBA roster and an organizational goal of winning basketball games.
He has not coached in that environment since arriving in Cleveland.
Phil Jackson could’ve assembled a staff that included John Wooden and Red Auerbach and not coached this Cavaliers roster into the 2013 playoffs. Not without Anderson Varejao for 50-plus games and Kyrie Irving for as much time as he’s missed.
Not without an NBA-caliber bench that the Cavaliers didn’t stumble upon until after probing the Memphis Grizzlies with Jon Leuer’s contract in an attempt to acquire future draft picks.
The same Jon Leuer that was also once acquired to provide NBA-caliber depth off the Cavaliers bench this season.
But while winning this year has never been part of the rebuild, winning next year is.
If the Cavaliers look like this one month into the 2013-14 campaign, I’ll gladly join the let’s-run-him-out-of-town-parade.
In the meantime, though, we've endured too much losing over the last three years for all that suffering to be in vain.
Scott has helped point guards like Chris Paul develop into Hall of Famers. I want to see what he can do with his continued development of our guy.
I want to see if he can turn out the defensive effort he has during his tenures with the New Jersey Nets and New Orleans Hornets after the Cavaliers employ a collection of players who are interested in defending.
We haven’t actually determined that yet.
Next season will include a different set of marching orders with a different set of goals. Let's find out what this team looks like then with the continuity that a healthy lineup of improved players provides.
Until then, just let this season die peacefully and prepare for the draft.