CINCINNATI — Perhaps no coach in the
Scott was hired as the Cavs’ coach on July 1, 2010, just one week before
Before the Magic faced the Cavaliers at U.S. Bank Arena on Monday, Scott predicted Vaughn will benefit from having no ties to Howard.
"I know LeBron from a personal standpoint from being around him, but I had no attachment," Scott recalled. "And same thing with Jacque: He's coming into a new situation where he has no attachment to Dwight Howard.
"So for him it'll probably be easier to just kind of move on. For the city, it's a little bit more difficult. For the organization, it's a little bit more difficult as well. But I think to have a coach in there that has a clean slate and understands it's going to take time [is good]. When you lose a franchise player like that, it's not one of those overnight successes. It's not going to happen in a year. It's going to take a little bit of time, but you've got to just stick with the process and don't defer from it."
Vaughn and Scott don't know each other well, but Vaughn has known of Scott since the mid-1980s.
Vaughn grew up in the Los Angeles area, and as a child, he rooted for the
His first jersey number was 42, in honor of Lakers forward
Scott, of course, played 11 seasons for the Lakers, beginning in the Lakers' "Showtime" era.
"I was a huge Los Angeles Lakers fan — and Byron Scott included," Vaughn said.
Vaughn, 37, and Scott, 51, have spoken in passing through the years.
"I've got a lot of respect for Jacque," Scott said. "I've heard a lot about him."