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

5/1 — Phil Jackson, Brian Shaw

6/1 — Nate McMillan

8/1 — Bernie Bickerstaff

49.5 — Total regular-season wins for Lakers

13/2 — Lakers do not make the playoffs

12/5 — Eliminated first round

5/1 — Eliminated conference semifinals

9/2 — Eliminated conference finals

7/2 — Lose NBA Finals

4/1 — Win title

RJ Bell of Pregame.com had the following:

Jackson ($100 bet wins $175); D'Antoni ($375); Shaw and McMillan ($800); Sloan and Jeff Van Gundy ($1,200); Jordan, Mike Fratello and Chuck Person ($2,500).

Before the season started, title favorites (in order) were: 1. Miami Heat; 2. LA Lakers; 3. Thunder.

After the James Harden trade, the Lakers' slow start and Brown being fired, the order remains the same: 1. Heat ($100 wins $160); 2. Lakers ($300); 3. Thunder ($450).

THE HARDER THEY FALL

In his first two games with Houston, Harden scored 82 points on 44 field-goal attempts. He was 28 for 44 (.636) from the field, 6 for 14 (.429) from 3-point range and 20 for 23 (.870) from the free-throw line. He averaged 41.0 points, 7.0 assists, 6.5 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 4.5 turnovers.

In his next three games, Harden cooled considerably with 57 points on 57 shots. He was 17 for 57 (.298) from the field, 2 for 17 (.118) from 3-point range and 21 for 27 (.778) from the line. He averaged 19.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists, 2.0 steals and 5.3 turnovers.

The Rockets hosted Detroit on Saturday night.

TWITTER TOP 10

LeBron James (6,458,766)

Shaquille O'Neal (6,415,078)

Dwyane Wade (3,796,853)

Dwight Howard (3,554,721)

Lamar Odom (3,378,446)

Kevin Durant (3,085,225)

Carmelo Anthony (2,597,855)

Paul Pierce (2,450,028)

Pau Gasol (1,557,165)

Chris Paul (1,518,433)

TWEETABLE

Earvin “Magic” Johnson @MagicJohnson

I'd love to see Phil Jackson or Brian Shaw. Wish Pat Riley was available.

QUOTABLE

Scott on Saturday, saying he had no interest in the Lakers job: “As I stated in the summer, I made perfectly clear, that I am perfectly happy here in Cleveland. I love what we're building, I love what we're doing. This might be a good time to ask (owner) Dan (Gilbert) can I get another four-year extension.”

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