I spotted this report over at NBA.com, and in short the Hornets have been on a decline since last season and its taken an epic fall this season early on. I’m kind of upset to see Scott fired because I don’t think the Hornet’s management did enough to get him players and star power to put around Chris Paul. Peja Stojakovic is long past his glory days in Sacramento when he was a 3point shooting champ and David West’s abilities have capped, he’s better than most starting power forwards but he’s undersized and doesn’t dominate. What does that leave this team with? Chris Paul using his talent to make something happen…and I don’t care who is in coaching spot you can’t make a championship team with just a great point guard. In defense of Chris Paul he is one of the best point guards in the league and any team would be welcome to have him…shame he didn’t plan on being a 2010 free agent, my Knicks sure could use him.
But back to the coaching change. Now in his coaching career Byron Scott has never won an NBA Championship but he got the New Jersey Nets to the finals two years straight in the 01-02 and 02-03 seasons. And with the Hornets he reached the playoffs in each of the past two seasons, now none of this is particularly impressive but, considering that his replacement has never coached before, it might have been wiser to let Scott finish out the year. I’ll say it again more simply…the incoming coach, Jeff Bower, has never coached basketball on any level.
New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower will assume the team’s head coaching duties after the Hornets fired coach Byron Scott early Thursday morning.
Former Hornets coach Tim Floyd has been named as Bower’s top assistant.
Scott was fired when the team arrived in New Orleans at 5 a.m. Thursday local time from Phoenix, where the Hornets were beaten by the Suns to fall to 3-6 in what has been a disappointing start to the season. According to TNT analyst David Aldridge, Bower informed the coaches and the team of his decision later Thursday morning.
“Accountability was our theme this past summer,” Hornets vice president Chad Shinn said in a statement released by the team. “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.
“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.”
Bower said it was more than simply the poor start to this season that prompted the quick trigger on Scott’s job.