Cavaliers Fire Coach Scott as 76ers’ Doug Collins Resigns
The Cleveland Cavaliers fired coach Byron Scott while the Philadelphia 76ers announced that Doug Collins resigned, less than 24 hours after both teams played their final games of the National Basketball Association season.
The Detroit Pistons also fired coach Lawrence Frank after the team finished 29-53, nine games outside of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
Scott was fired today after three years, general manager Chris Grant said in a statement on the team’s website.
The 52-year-old was 64-166 in Cleveland, finishing fifth in the five-team Central Division all three seasons. The Cavaliers were 24-58 this year, losing their final six games of the season and finishing 25 1/2 games behind the division-leading Indiana Pacers.
“It is critical for where we are as a team to ensure that we capitalize on every opportunity for development and success and we have fallen short of that on the court,” Grant said. “I believe we needed to make this change in order to get to a better position to achieve our goals.”
76ers owner Josh Harris today announced Collins’s resignation, according to the team’s Twitter account. Collins was 110-120 since taking the job prior to the 2010-11 season, leading the team the playoffs in 2011 and 2012.
Collins, 61, will remain with the team as a consultant, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Frank, 42, was 54-94 in two seasons with the Pistons. It was Detroit’s fifth consecutive losing season, and fourth straight year in which the team failed to make the playoffs.
“We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in an e-mailed release.
Frank is the 11th consecutive Pistons coach to last three or fewer seasons with the team. Yahoo Sports reported yesterday that Frank told Pistons owner Tom Gores that he should not be retained next year if the team was unwilling to guarantee the option in his contract for 2014-15.
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