Tuesday, August 25th, 2009 at 9:30 am  |  15 responses

Hornets Owner Puts Pressure on Coaching Staff

George Shinn is not pleased with the way the young talent in N.O has been brought along: “We feel like a lot of our young people have not been developed properly. We feel there are other mistakes that have been made from the basketball end. We’ve totally changed, and we’ll hold people accountable. We’re holding coaches, and not just Byron Scott, but our assistants accountable. We’re holding (General Manager) Jeff Bower accountable. We expect to get better and develop our young people. When we moved Rasual Butler, the idea is with the young people we have at that position (including rookies Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton and ex-No. 1 pick Julian Wright) we want to develop these guys.”‘

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  • Ken

    I always got the impression that Byron was a ballbuster.

  • http://www.hibachi20.blogspot.com Hursty

    @Ken – me too.
    I agree with Shinn’s above quote… but maybe they just drafted poorly in the first place?
    They did great with CP3 and West with the late 1st rounder. So the kids didn’t have that much ‘upside’ to begin with?

  • http://claydefayette@yahoo.com CDef28

    The Hornets’ owner needs to look at the rosters of other teams in the west. The Hornets don’t have a balanced enough roster to be at the top.

  • riggs

    they were expecting something out of Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton??

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Byron Scott is terrible at developing young guys. He won’t ever let them play through mistakes. He buried JR Smith his 2nd year in the L and he’s burying Julian Wright now.

  • LeoneL

    Wake up call for Byron… The problem I think with his strategy is that he (Byron) depends too much on Paul. Free Julian Wright (although I still chuckle at the botched dunk attempt by Ju-Ju back in college)

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

    In fairness, CP3 and David West have done ok under Scott. Maybe those other players just aren’t very good?


    I’s a little bit of both. The only way you develop the younger players is to play them, but if you play the and you lose, you’re out of a job. JR Smith is immature now, imagine what he was like then. The cat can ball out his mind, though. I think Julien=bust. Those 6’8″ types are always hit or miss.

  • Mo

    Why can’t the title be what the actual title of the article says…

    “Owner George Shinn: New Orleans Hornets won’t cut corners”

    I guess “Hornets Owner Puts Pressure on Coaching Staff” sounds better and will get more hits?????

  • Mo

    TADOne, I agree. Also, the Hornets scouting department needs to do a better job. All guys aren’t NBA ready when they’re drafted. After #5 the draft is a crapshoot. Hit or miss.


    Yeah, they could draft better. Picked with the next pick after Julian Wright was Al Thornton. And Hilton Armstrong and cedric Simons in the same draft? Simmons isn’t even in the league anymore, although there wasn’t much talent after those two. They coulda got Rondo and Milsap.

  • Exile

    OR…. Maybe after 3 seasons on Dynasty mode playing NBA Live… he realised his rooks truely do have long term potential.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    ABOUT TIME!!! Byron Scott go be an assistant on the Lakers and work on being able to make plays for end of game situations and not depend on CP3 to get you out of everything.

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

    Unfold your arms and point coach!

  • JoeMaMa

    Cosign LeoneL on the dunk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTqVjbEFh_s&feature=related

    Dude should play, though. I’ve seen him do some good things in his limited time. It’s too bad that he’s only going to get minutes so Scott can keep his job…