Byron Scott fires back at criticsim of Anderson Varejao

Annoying in a bad way? I would say that in a good way. Who said it? Man or woman? Did he ever play the game of basketball? I don’t think so. Saying that about Andy to me is a sign of respect. His game is annoying? I think it is for guys who have to guard him, yeah. You know you’re not going to get a day off. The shot goes up, he’s coming, both ends of the floor. So if I’m an opponent playing against him, yeah, he can be annoying because I’ve got to worry about him every second that I’m on the floor. From a coaching standpoint, you almost got to defensive plan against him. Sometimes you need a guy and a half to block him out every single time. I don’t know who said it. I don’t really care. But he doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about…tell him I said that.

— Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Byron Scott, Thursday, when discussing the recent criticism of center Anderson Varejao’s overall game being labled as “annoying.” In the Cavaliers’ Opening Night win over the Washington Wizards, Varejao amassed a career-high 23 rebounds to go with nine points and team-high nine assists.

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  • J

    agree with coach scott. Varejao is so under appreciated and it’s unfortunate. Even with our dominant teams from 06-09, I said he was our second most valuable player on the team.

    Going into this year, I assumed we were going to deal him, but after reading the cavs preview on WFNY, I am second-guessing if that’s a good idea. Point being: Varejao is only due to make 9 mil, which is very very cheap for veteran big men. I’m not saying trading varejao is for sure a mistake, but I can see the case for retaining him this year and going after 2 big FAs and adding a solid draft pick to be a legit contender next year.


  • yeah his game is annoying for other teams. it’s pure beauty to watch and exactly what you want on your side.

  • Coach Scott taking it strong to sbnation!

  • mgbode

    “Who said it? Man or woman? Did he ever play the game of basketball? I don’t think so.”

    what more needs to be said?

  • Trolling sites troll.

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  • Vindictive_Pat

    I love Byron Scott’s reaction. Personally, I thought maybe the barb at Varejao was tongue-in-cheek as the tone of the article doesn’t imply serious, but I don’t regret giving Scott the chance to tout Andy V.

  • Mike

    When is the last time Mike Prada watched the Cavs play? I assume annoying = flopping which hasn’t been a part of Andy’s game in years.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    If I was an opponent and Varejao recorded 23 rebounds I’d be annoyed too!

  • AlexMathews

    Yes…we potentially have Andy locked up for another 3 years, on a team-friendly contract to boot. There is no WAY you can get anything close to equal value in return for him in a trade.

  • Andyson

    You know who else annoys opponents? Jordan, Bird, Magic, Kobe… need i go on?

  • Bryan

    I am as confused as Scott. This post refers to some “recent criticism of center Anderson Varejao’s overall game being labeled as “annoying.” It looks like this “recent criticism” amounts to a single writer noting that Varejao is annoying in a light-hearted article about teams “watchability.” How did this question get elevated to Byron? It seems kind of overblown.

  • Dave

    In other words, “Sbnation writer, get that weak stuff outta here!”

  • baclap

    SB Nation’s Readability: -1. Regurgitated thoughts from ESPN. Bush league.

  • 5KMD

    I could at least tolerate comments like that his first couple of years when he was playing sparse minutes.
    But the guy has been doing this for the better part of a decade for full games now. He’s legit.

  • Natedawg86

    We have a crap ton of draft picks too. If we get another solid guy or two next year…

  • That does it. I am deleting SBNation