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Dirkenstien
11-12-2009, 01:37 PM
This is a bit surprising.



http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=4648162

Hornets fire Scott, name Bower coach By Marc Stein

The New Orleans Hornets have responded to their 3-6 start by making the first coaching change of the young NBA season, firing Byron Scott on Thursday.

The Hornets made the decision to dismiss Scott following New Orleans' 124-104 loss in Phoenix on Wednesday night and formally announced the move later Thursday.

Scott will be replaced by general manager Jeff Bower, with Tim Floyd as his top assistant, the team said.

Team owner George Shinn thanked Scott for his service, but said Bower "knows this team better than anyone" and gives the Hornets "our best opportunity to reach our goals this season."

Scott won NBA Coach of the Year honors in 2008 after he and franchise point guard Chris Paul led the Hornets to a 56-26 record and the Southwest Division title. The Hornets then defeated Dallas in the first round of the playoffs and were within one win of the West finals before losing Game 7 at home to the San Antonio Spurs.

The Hornets slumped slightly to a 49-33 record last season, thanks partly to a flurry of injuries. They were pounded in the first round of the playoffs by Denver, losing the final home game of the season -- Game 4 of the series -- by a whopping 58 points.

Scott hung onto his job after the early exit but couldn't survive New Orleans' poor start, even though the many holes on the Hornets' roster -- with no consistent scorer at the wing positions and little depth -- appeared to be beyond his control. A number of league observers considered a coaching change inevitable if the Hornets struggled this season.

The Hornets' 3-6 start has not come against cupcakes. They're tied for the most games against teams that are .500 or better with seven -- and they've gone just 2-5 in those games.

Hornets vice president of basketball Chad Shinn said accountability was the team's watchword over the summer -- and that the Hornets were not measuring up with Scott at the helm.

"We talked about the fact that everyone on our staff is held to a certain standard of performance and we didn't feel this was happening at the head coach level," Chad Shinn said. "We feel like we still have an opportunity with our nucleus to get to where we want and Jeff is the right guy, right now to move us in that direction from the bench."

The firing is the second major move the Hornets have made since the end of last season in an attempt to address Paul's growing frustrations. In July, New Orleans sent center Tyson Chandler, who was plagued by foot problems throughout last season, to the Charlotte Bobcats for Emeka Okafor.

The team's payroll is more than $3 million over the league's $69.9 million luxury-tax threshold, making owner George Shinn reluctant to sanction further roster renovations. The Hornets have been trying to make moves to get under the luxury-tax line since acquiring Okafor, as opposed to searching for players who can bolster Paul's supporting cast.

Marc Stein is a senior NBA writer for ESPN.com.

Flacolaco
11-12-2009, 01:55 PM
It's so embarrassing that we lost to that mess.

fluid.forty.one
11-12-2009, 02:04 PM
Wow... I mean, can't say I'm too bummed. I hate Byron Scott and I'm glad he lost his job.

bernardos70
11-12-2009, 02:07 PM
Knee-jerk? Or maybe Bower's contract was more affordable. We're talking about a franchise who wanted to trade a very important starter of theirs for cap relief after all.......

Underdog
11-12-2009, 02:08 PM
So when does Chris Paul go on the market?

LonghornDub
11-12-2009, 02:09 PM
Scott will be replaced by general manager Jeff Bower, with Tim Floyd as his top assistant, the team said.

HAH.

iella
11-12-2009, 02:47 PM
Surprising indeed.

92bDad
11-12-2009, 03:06 PM
Would you trade an expiring contract...like Damp for Chris Paul?

Normally you don't trade big for small...but Chris Paul on this team...

What type of packages could make sense to both teams?

By the way, could Avery take over for Scott?

So what is it with this Coach of the year award...seems like if you win it one year you get fired soon thereafter...

Windmill360
11-12-2009, 03:09 PM
Coach of the year awards:

2008-09 Mike Brown Cleveland
2007-08 Byron Scott New Orleans
2006-07 Sam Mitchell Toronto
2005-06 Avery Johnson Dallas

Mike Brown will be fired next year.

Underdog
11-12-2009, 03:11 PM
Coach of the year awards:

2008-09 Mike Brown Cleveland
2007-08 Byron Scott New Orleans
2006-07 Sam Mitchell Toronto
2005-06 Avery Johnson Dallas

Mike Brown will be fired next year.

If LeBron leaves, you're probably right...

cchriswake
11-12-2009, 05:38 PM
lol nice to see that smug pompous *** go down to the unemployment line

Not the least bit surprising as you can tell just by the body language of the players on the court when they are in huddles or falling behind.

horse900703
11-12-2009, 06:17 PM
stupid decision by the hornets, just watch they gonna get worse.

me770706
11-12-2009, 06:30 PM
i'd love to see what Avery could do with CP3. probably never allow him to call plays

LonghornDub
11-12-2009, 06:34 PM
This should adequately wipe that sh*t-eating smirk off his face.

DavidDaMonkey
11-12-2009, 07:19 PM
Yeah, I kinda want Avery in there just to see him screw up Paul and piss him off.

MavsWiLLHaVeRinGs
11-12-2009, 08:43 PM
i'd love to see what Avery could do with CP3. probably never allow him to call plays

He'd probably try to force him to play like Tim Duncan.

fluid.forty.one
11-12-2009, 11:10 PM
He'd probably bench CP3 with a few seconds left in a close game to put "shooters" on the floor.

Jack.Kerr
11-14-2009, 09:05 AM
He'd probably try to force him to play like Tim Duncan.

Yeah, then CP3 would go and lead his team to the NBA Finals one year and win MVP the next.

sefant77
11-14-2009, 11:34 AM
Coach of the year awards:

2008-09 Mike Brown Cleveland
2007-08 Byron Scott New Orleans
2006-07 Sam Mitchell Toronto
2005-06 Avery Johnson Dallas

Mike Brown will be fired next year.

Thats such a horrible clown list...

I will go and say the Hornets will be the 2009 Suns and miss the playoffs. They still suck. Their old washed up guys suck and the young kids suck.

They had their two draft steals in Paul and West, was there when the Bulls dumped Chandler, and what else?

Spending in the summer of 2006, 2007 and 2008 as small market team 120mio in long contracts in Peja, Peterson and Posey. Too cheap to keep R. Butler. Epic fail.

I hope Paul stays there and flop to hell.

MavsWiLLHaVeRinGs
11-14-2009, 11:56 AM
It should be

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson

I don't even think he coached one or two of those years, but he still SHOULD have won it. I mean he's Phil Jackson right? He'll have to have a finger surgically added after the Lakers win this year. He won rings with both Kobe AND Michael AND even Shaq in their primes. Who else could of possibly accomplished that?

92bDad
11-14-2009, 05:42 PM
It should be

Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson
Phil Jackson

I don't even think he coached one or two of those years, but he still SHOULD have won it. I mean he's Phil Jackson right? He'll have to have a finger surgically added after the Lakers win this year. He won rings with both Kobe AND Michael AND even Shaq in their primes. Who else could of possibly accomplished that?


Next thing you know...D.Wade and LeBron will sign with NY and oh my, Phil Jackson will become the Head Coach!!!