PHILADELPHIA: Byron Scott often presents a granite facade and the appearance that nothing really affects him, but he conceded for the first time Sunday that the rumors about his future in Cleveland sometimes bother him.
“At this point, when you have games, it’s your outlet. When you’re on the court, that’s your outlet,” Scott said. “It’s when you have idle time is probably when it bugs you more than anything because you have to hear all this crap.”
His players didn’t do much to help his job security with a pitiful effort Sunday in a 91-77 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Scott has long been close with Sixers coach Doug Collins, who also is dealing with rumors about his future in Philadelphia and recently endured a report that the team is hopeful he won’t return next season for the final year on his contract.
“We’ve been doing this for a while, Coach Collins longer than I have,” Scott said. “It’s part of the job. The first time I got a coaching job, a good friend told me coaches are hired to be fired.”
Shortly after arriving home in Philadelphia this weekend, Dion Waiters had to go see a guy named “Cheese.” It was a fairly critical matter — Waiters needed a haircut.
Waiters hasn’t let anyone except Cheese touch his hair since he was a kid. When he spent two years at Syracuse, he’d go months between haircuts until he’d get back home to South Philly where Cheese was waiting for him. The same is true now that he’s living in Cleveland. Waiters won’t let any Cleveland barbers touch his hair.
“It’s a Philly thing. Philly is different. It’s a different world,” Waiters said. “We have our own lingo. Sometimes y’all don’t understand me because I mumble, but when I’m around my friends and mumbling, they know everything I’m saying. It’s just different.”
Waiters is right. One of the biggest complaints media members have about him is that he’s sometimes difficult to understand because he mumbles.
“We all sit in cars and talk about stuff and y’all would be like, ‘What the hell are they talking about?’ ” Waiters said, motioning to Israeli teammate Omri Casspi. “It’s like ‘O’ speaking another language. We don’t know what he’s talking about. He could be talking about us, but we don’t know that. That’s what it’s like with us, but we’re speaking English.”
Waiters has played in two games now since missing 10 with a loose fragment of cartilage in his knee. The Cavs say the loose fragment is still in his knee, and arthroscopic surgery this summer still hasn’t been ruled out, but Waiters said he is feeling better.
“It feels good,” Waiters said. “I’m jumping and dunking. If I can do that, then I’m ready to go.”
He spent the three weeks he couldn’t play working out in the weight room and said the physical change in his strength is noticeable. It’s part of the reason he’s excited to get back in the weight room this summer.
“My body got toned in the three weeks I missed. I can see a big difference already,” he said. “If I continue to do that, I’ll come back next year looking like an action figure.”
Fan Appreciation Night
Tickets are still available for tonight’s home finale against the Heat. Among the prizes given away on Fan Appreciation Night will be free electricity for a year, tickets to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Brickyard 400 and Android tablets. Other prizes include a 47-inch LCD television, free pizza for a year, team autographed memorabilia and a chance to win game-worn jerseys and shoes.
Tristan Thompson now has 30 double-doubles on the season. … Kyrie Irving’s previous career-low in scoring prior to Sunday was his final game last season against the Washington Wizards, when he played less than 10 minutes and scored five points. … The Sixers honored the 30-year anniversary of their 1983 championship team with a halftime celebration. Among the attendees were Moses Malone and Julius Erving.
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