Around the NBA: Byron Scott's been blessed with great point guards throughout his career

As a player and coach, Byron Scott has been linked with some of the greatest point guards in the history of the game.
BY JOHN ROHDE Modified: November 11, 2012 at 4:36 pm •  Published: November 11, 2012
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photo - Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott points during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Warriors won 106-96. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ORG XMIT: OAS112
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott points during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The Warriors won 106-96. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu) ORG XMIT: OAS112

As a player and coach, Byron Scott has been linked with some of the greatest point guards in the history of the game.

— From 1979-82 at Arizona State, he was backcourt mates with Lafayette “Fat” Lever, who went on to become a two-time NBA All-Star.

— From 1983-91 with the Los Angeles Lakers, Scott was teammates with the greatest to ever run the point in Magic Johnson.

— From 2001-03 as coach of the New Jersey Nets, Scott had Jason Kidd at point guard en route to winning two straight Eastern Conference titles.

— From 2005-09 as coach of the New Orleans Hornets, Scott enjoyed the services of rookie of the year Chris Paul, who helped Scott capture the 2007-08 NBA coach of the year honor.

— Now as the coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Scott is reaping the benefits of reigning rookie of the year Kyrie Irving, who last summer reportedly was holding court in scrimmages against Team USA at Las Vegas before breaking his right hand at Cavs practice.

In NBA history, only five No. 1 overall picks have averaged 18 points and five assists their rookie season, and Scott is directly linked to two of them in Irving and Johnson — Oscar Robertson, Allen Iverson and LeBron James are the others.

Scott would have been linked to three had James not taken his talents to South Beach six days after Scott was hired as Cavs' coach in July 2010.

Of the top six players in NBA career triple-doubles, Scott crossed paths with half of them in Johnson (138), Kidd (107) and Lever (43).

Right place at the right time for Scott, and it shows no sign of slowing down with the affable Irving already strutting his stuff at age 20.

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Moments after Mike Brown was fired as Lakers coach Friday, Las Vegas handicappers were posting odds on his full-time replacement (not interim).

Bovada had the following:

2/1 — Mike D'Antoni, Jerry Sloan

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