Scott joins Cavs, with or without LeBron

FRANK ZICARELLI, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:15 PM ET

And then there was one.

For a team accustomed in finishing last, the L.A. Clippers are now the last team in the NBA without a head coach.

Byron Scott was officially introduced as coach of the Cavs Friday on the same day the Clippers were granted an audience with LeBron James, who may or may not be back in Cleveland.

Scott’s appointment may help in keeping the King, a proven coach who has won championships as a player and who twice coached New Jersey to appearances in the NBA finals.

“Everything about it just felt like a really good fit for both me and the team,” Scott said in a statement. “I am anxious to get going and to build on the success the Cavaliers have experienced in recent years.”

If James leaves, Scott will likely oversee a complete rebuild.

The latest on the James sweepstakes, if any rumour is to be taken seriously, is that the jewel in this summer’s free agent crop may decide his future by Monday.

Besides Scott’s hire, Friday became yet another day of wining and dining, of player tweets and media twits jumping the gun.

If Amare Stoudemire decides to make New York his home, which could happen by as early as Saturday, scratch Chris Bosh’s name from Gotham.

The two power forwards do not complement each other and it could be argued Stoudemire will not live up to the hype and money without a point guard such as Steve Nash distributing and probing.

It could signal the end to whatever faint hope the Knicks had in luring James.

When the Clippers met with the King, owner Donald Sterling was nowhere to be found.

Earlier in the day, Miami made its pitch to James, who will be greeted by officials from Chicago and Cleveland on Saturday.

Another power forward, Dirk Nowitzki, is expected to sit down with the Mavs in Dallas on Saturday, when a new deal keeping the franchise’s all-time leading scorer may get hammered out.


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