Wednesday, May 6th, 2009 at 11:20 am  |  18 responses

Scott Returning to Coach Hornets

Byron Scott allegedly was interested in the Sacramento coaching gig, but the Kings didn’t act quick enough: “The Hornets on Thursday are expected to hold a news conference in which they will publicly support Scott and declare he will return for the final season of his contract (worth $5.5 million), meaning the Kings have only a short time to bring him their way. Yet according to numerous sources with knowledge of the situation, the Kings have not requested permission to speak with Scott and do not appear poised to do so.”

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  • http://www.twitter.com/jackgoodrich Jack

    Why would he want to leave? Financial constraints? I’d rather coach Chris Paul by himself than the whole Kings team, personally.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    The Kings should not pay this guy anything close to 5.5 mill. They have a young team, he can’t develop or utilize young players at all. Byron runs no offense to speak of and his team’s D has usually been solid, but nothing great. I feel a little bit bad for CP3, they’ll never win anything with this team in NO, and there record will be just good ebough to get a crappy first round pick every year.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I hope he has a life jacket.

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    So one dissapointing (and injury-plagued) playoff series and you are ready to declare that the team has no hope ciolkstar? That’s as irrational as when people believed the team was Finals material after a great playoff run last year. The fact is… people have been saying the same thing about the Cavs for the last few years until this season.

  • http://neworleansbasketball.blogspot.com Caleb

    Re: Byron’s defenses.

    01-02: #1 defense.
    02-03: #1 defense.
    03-04: #4 defense.

    07-08: #7 defense
    08-09: #9 defense (and that’s with Sean Marks and Hilton Armstrong, two very poor defenders, defending the post for most of the year…)

  • Tavoris

    It’s not they could afford to fire him anyway.

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    So Caleb, which player currently on the Hornets roster is going to have a much better year next season? Tyson is the only young guy who really underachieved, and they look like they’re still trying to move him for some cap relief. Do you really think Peja is gonna turn it around? Management just hasn’t done a good job of spending money, Psoey wasn’t the impact FA he was made out to be and now that they’re trying to cut some salary I don’t see them making any moves that would propel he team past another first or second round exit.

  • Cizzo

    N.O. better keep B. Scott like I said b4!!!!

  • Tavoris

    ciolkstar…what about Julian Wright? he regressed last year BIG TIME-and he was HUGE for them last season off the bench. I never really got the Posey signing. He’s clutch and all, but they aren’t hurting for perimeter shooting. And he’s not a KG-type of influence defensively.

  • Young Chris MP3

    He should bring in Eddie Jordan as his assistant over the off-season

  • http://ittakesanationofmillionstoholdthissac.blogspot.com ciolkstar

    I like Julian Wright, he brings some atheleticism on the wing, which this Hornets team seriously lacks, and can help get them easy buckets. Howeva, he turns the ball over a lot and gets lost on defensive rotations too often, which is why he got buried by Scott. I think he should play more, but I can see the problems that got him in the doghouse, I just don’t think Scott (or his staff) do a good job of developing young players, which in this league is a big problem.

  • Jacob

    my favorite coach in the L, besides mike brown and nate mcmillan

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    fav coach…? hell nah. D’Antoni. Phil Jackson. Carlisle.

  • Tavoris

    Dacre, what about rick adelman? that’s a players’ coach, if there ever was one.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    Byron Scott is a great coach. He took the Nets to the NBA finals and 3 Eastern Conference finals. He has worked miracles in New Orleans in a very short time. For some reason the guy gets no respect. He probably is contemplating leaving because he may be on the proverbial hot seat in New Orleans. I would imagine that fans think this season is disappointing where I believe they overachieved last year. You don’t win championships in the press or on paper. His firing in New Jersey was the worst thing I’ve seen since Paul Westhead got fired in LA back in the early 80′s. For some reason the media made a federal case out of the Sprewell-Calipari situation but when an African American coach wronged everybody is quiet. The Nets haven’t done anything since Scott left yet his replacement is still employed.

  • http://www.newyorkshockexchange.com Old School Baller

    Oops, in my previous post I mention Sprewell-Calipari but it was actually Sprewell and the former coach from Seton Hall. I can’t even remember the guy’s name.

  • Jacob

    adelmans a great coach too, but ive always hated phil jackson, I dont know why I just dont like him