Originally posted on Fox Sports Ohio  |  Last updated 4/18/13
INDEPENDENCE, Ohio Kyrie Irving seemed particularly distraught about the news that Cavaliers coach Byron Scott had been fired Thursday. Irving is the Cavs second-year point guard, leading scorer and All-Star. I feel like a piece of me is missing, Irving said while looking at the ground. Either way, the Cavs have made their decision -- parting ways with Scott after three seasons and a 64-166 record. The Cavs finished last in the Central Division all three years. I believe we needed to make this change in order to get to a better position to achieve our goals, said general manager Chris Grant. The Cavs finished the season 24-58 and lost 16 of their final 18. Their biggest issues came on the defensive end, where they allowed opponents to shoot 47 percent from the field. Coach is a great guy, said forward Anderson Varejao. Im gonna miss him. I wish I couldve played more games for him. Irving characterized his feelings as surprised and saddened. I dont really have any positive feelings right now he said. Scott was at the practice facility for part of the morning, according to forward Tristan Thompson who offered his support for Scott last week when rumors of Scotts dismissal first surfaced. Scott did not address the media, but did comment via a release from the team. I am certainly proud of the progress that many of our players have made and greatly appreciate the dedication of my coaches and our team in our efforts to attain the success we all desired, he said. Added Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, I wish Byron Scott and his entire family the best going forward. Byron is a class guy, both on and off the court, and I thank him for his three years of coaching the Cavaliers. Scott has compiled a 416-521 career record as coach of the Nets, Hornets and Cavs.
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