Besides that [running], he’s one of the best coaches in this league. Just based on the fact he listens to you, but also he gives you an opinion that’s in your best interest all the time. He was a player, so he understands how we’re feeling. That’s basically what it’s about. Having a coach to go out there and play, he understands you’re going to make mistakes and he doesn’t take you out right away. He hopes you learn from it.
– Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving in response to the SI player poll that listed Byron Scott as one of the least preferred coaches in the NBA. Scott added that “a lot of [players] want you to kiss their butts, and I’m not going to do that.”
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