Two NBA Coaches Leaving Jobs, Including Former Lakers' Great

By Jim McCoy Thu 18th April SportsByron ScottDoug CollinsNBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers have fired coach Byron Scott after three losing seasons. Scott went 64-166 with the Cavs, who were weakened by injuries this season but also showed little progress. Scott was informed he would not be coming back on Thursday, one day after Cleveland closed a frustrating season with its sixth straight loss and finished 24-58 - the NBA's third-worst record. Scott has one season left on his contract. The Cavs picked up his option for 2014 in October. The Cavs' three seasons under Scott were among the worst in franchise history. He isn't solely to blame, but his young team in 2013 seemed to tune him out down the stretch, leaving owner Dan Gilbert no choice but to make a coaching change for the second time in four years. COLLINS RESIGNS Doug Collins has resigned after three seasons as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and will remain with the franchise as a special consultant. Collins has one year left on his original four-year deal worth $4.5 million. He steps down after a season so full of promise unraveled starting with the knee injury to center Andrew Bynum. The Sixers went 34-48 and missed the playoffs for the first time in his three seasons. The decision was announced by owner Josh Harris Thursday. Collins wanted no part of what is expected to be a long rebuilding process from the bench and will instead add his input from the front office. The Sixers picked up the option on Collins' contract for the 2013-14 season in training camp and he said then he wanted to remain with the organization in some capacity when his coaching career is over. It's over earlier than expected.

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