Larry Bird rebuffed Cavaliers' interest

Updated: October 5, 2010, 11:03 PM ET
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

Byron Scott will coach the Cleveland Cavaliers formally for the first time Tuesday night when the Cavs launch the post-LeBron era with an exhibition game at home against Charlotte.

Scott, however, was not the only prominent alumnus of the storied Lakers-Celtics rivalry of the 1980s whom the Cavaliers approached. They also reached out to Larry Bird, ESPN.com has learned.

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