Thursday, November 12th, 2009 at 2:12 pm  |  56 responses

Hornets Fire Byron Scott

by Ryne Nelson

You and I knew it would happen. We probably didn’t even have to look at the Hornets’ 3-6 record to know Bryon Scott was on thin ice. It’s an unwritten physical law of the NBA: He who wins Coach of the Year shall be fired within two seasons. It happened to Hubie and D’Antoni and Avery and Mitchell, and now Mr. Scott. Mike Brown better start taking Brandon Jennings’ frugality to heart because, unless the Cavs get to the Finals (and win), his fate will be the same within 365 days.

New Orleans didn’t even make it a contest in each of their six loses, including a 111-117 forgetter against the Knicks. The uninspired play of David West and Peja Stojakovic began to cut through Chris Paul’s previously impermeable air of confidence. And now the team’s disappointing beginning has put Scott on the curb:

The New Orleans Hornets have fired Coach Byron Scott and will make the formal announcement at a 1 p.m. press conference.

General manager Jeff Bower will assume coaching duties, according to a league source. Bower is a one-time Hornets assistant, but has never been a head coach in the NBA.

Bower — no relation to the former Southern Miss football coach — takes the reigns of a squad already sliding away from the Playoff picture. Of course, it doesn’t matter who the Hornets put on the sidelines. New Orleans’ many troubles stem from having too few effective players.

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  • One Sun

    I couldn’t be less surprised. He appeared to be single handidly making Chris Paul look like he hated the game.
    See you later Byron. May your next team b in the WNBA.

  • http://fdjksl.com Jukai

    No tears shed over here.

  • Bballreahb

    Is it because of yesterday Stoja’s stat sheet?

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Byron hasn’t smiled in months. I think this is good for him, actually.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    long overdue, and no doubt Mike Brown will suffer the same once LBJ goes.. but, also, does it help? no, cos the Hornets still have a horrible squad.

  • Bballrehab

    Does it have something to do with Stoja’s stat sheet? What a great shooter by the way :-)

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

    Jeff Bower? And his top assistant is Tim Floyd?!? I think Chris Paul should pull a mutiny. Starting today.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    This guy thinks he has a shot at coaching the Lakers after Phil is gone? LMFAO.

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Mike brown should be fired also.

  • Clark

    @SAB I think Mike Brown is gone unless the Cavs get (at least) to the finals this season, regardless of whether Lebron stays or goes.

  • Jiggy

    They need to site Peja’s ass down.. the guy’s too slow.

  • One Sun

    Peja Stojakovic got Bryon fired. That and the fact that Byron kept picking him. So actually, Byron got Byron fired. What a clown.

  • One Sun

    I would like ot predict that Byron will b put in charge of another team that isn’t that good but has a decent point guard…hmm..maybe the Bucks..he’ll do okay with them and get them to the playoffs one year, they’ll take a top seed to 7 games in the first round but ultimately bow out, everyone will then pick them to take the league by storm the next year at which stage Byron will be at his peak at the ball club and things will only get worse from there, with the final dagger being the fact that he makes another talented point guard hate him.

  • http://www.twitter.com/L_Playah L_Playah

    Wasn’t this all of a sudden. Its was more than Byron why the Hornets starter off like this. But I don’t want to go into more details. I see him bouncing back like Coach Eddie Jordan.

  • http://wheninaz.com king-kizer

    Why can anyone just retire anymore? i.e. Peja Stojakovic

  • ly_yng

    Brown then unexpectedly resigned from the Grizzlies on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2004. In a statement, he cited “unexpected health-related issues… [that were] absolutely nonexistent at the beginning of the season.” Details of the specific “health-related issues” were not announced. Shortly afterward Mike Fratello was announced as the new Grizzlies coach, marking the second time in his career that he had succeeded Brown at an NBA head coaching position.


  • ClydeSays

    Byron, you can unfold your arms now.

    I wouldn’t put this all on Scott, although he does seem to be the kind of coach that wears on players after a couple of seasons.

    Management traded/untraded/then traded CP’s favorite fast break target, Chandler for financial reasons, then replaced him with a halfcourt player in Okafor. Also, in a depressed market, they overpaid for a soon to be declining vet in Posey. James is a good defensive annoyance, but he can’t be the only guy on the floor playing D.

    Lastly, any kind of success is going to bring greater expectations, greater attention from opposing scouts and teams. What worked one season, won’t necessarily work the next.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Cheryl

    I wish Chris was on the free agents of 2010 list. I’m sure DWade would love to have him. Add CP to his fantasy list along with LBJ and Chris Bosh. A girl can dream, can’t she?

  • Fred

    y is everybody dissing B. Scott? he is a good coach check his %! this is the same man that took the Nets 2 back 2 back finals! help put NO back on the bball map! this is because cp3 is the #1 option and everybody else is lames! they needed Chandler there….

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Byron Scott is better than half of the coaches on the sidelines right now. But no coach is better than his players… other than Phil.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Chris Paul needs to find a new team. I remember telling people how Okafor was not going to work in New Orleans and no one believed me. I even said it in the Picture of Lebron and Chris Paul on bikes. lol

  • Airswade

    I saw this comin’ a billion miles away………

  • http://myspace.com/brandnew Bryan

    Ryne I agree, he got the shaft. When you tie up millions in peja who moves as well as jimmy hoffa does while also having mo pete or devin brown as one half of your starting backcourt you can’t do much.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Ryne: not even Phil. The greatest coaches are the ones who don’t screw it up basically, which is really hard to do. Give Phil a team that should at least contend on paper and he’ll most likely win you a ‘ship. / The fact that Scott said numerous times that he sees himself as the coach of the Lakers down the road and that he still bleeds purple and gold might not have helped his case. Just saying.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Now about New Jersey…

  • http://realcavsfans.com Anton

    Lil Wayne should coach them from prison.

  • heartlandG

    Anton U Suck!

  • la huey

    i hope the hornets get lucky in next year’s lottery.

  • http://www.facebook.com 9Steele9

    Not true. All the pick and roll plays would be renamed “Ni&&a I’m From New Orleans”.

  • sk6

    Scott showed his lack of coaching as Nash put on a clinic against his team – Call Nash the EXECUTIONER!!!!

  • tavoris

    niQ…Okafor isn’t playing all that bad. The problem is West is running and jumping like he’s 47 years old. In addition, the Hornets are really about 4 players deep on their BEST day. Oh, and Chris Paul’s being exposed on D by every guard he’s faced isn’t helping, either.

    That being said, Rick Adelman could work WONDERS for this team.

  • rainman10

    Yes that makes sense. Byron Scott showed his lack of coaching because what Nash did. What other coach in the league lets Nash run the fast break and find the open player, and execute the pick and roll and hit the open jumper. Come on Byron, horrible! You have got to be joking. They haven’t drafted a good player in quite some time. Time to pull somebody off the Spurs staff to put in the front office.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    Free Chris Paul!

  • slamfan4life

    Pick him up Chicago!!!!

  • tavoris

    rainman, that has A LOT to do with West’s obvious lack of mobility these days. You’d think that he was MUCH bigger than an undersized 4.

  • dfrance

    To put this all on Byron Scott makes no sense. Look at the team he is coaching. He has CP3 “The greatest PG in the world” and no one else. David West looks like he’s in that season after a stellar contract year. okafor is out of place and the rest of the team is trash. I looked at the game last night during garbage time(which started with 5mins left in the 3rd) and couldn’t recognize any of their players. Sometimes people on this site don’t think, someone bashes Byron Scott and everyone jumps on the bandwagon.

  • sk6

    Paul “The greatest PG in the world” – Please, I thought being the greastest meant you made your team better not your stat line. Paul is going to do the typical thing – not try and demand a trade to a winning team. He could have saved his coach but instead is looking at ways he can leave. NO CLASS

  • Taluaris

    Man Byron was a good coach but I(we)all knew it was his fate 3-6 wit Cp3,D West,E Okafor,and James Posey damn!Byron

  • tavoris

    true…but they should b playin Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison a lot more. Thornton should really be eating up a lot of Peterson & Brown’s minutes…Julian Wright has regressed again. I’m not down on Okafor, cuz he at least makes an effort on both ends. Not sure WTH West did during the summer, but he’s playin like Webber’s last season right now.

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  • http://joeloholic.wordpress.com Joel O’s

    Is Byron Scott that bad? I think he’s an okay coach. With the right pieces, the Hornets did very well 2 years ago, but they got older and gimpier in the interim while just about Conference rival got better, or at least mixed up their formulas. 2 things I expect coming out of this: 1.) Scott won’t be unemployed long, and 2.) the Hornets are STILL going to struggle.

  • http://www.teflinprague.com SAB

    sk6 – i’m not sure what else you want CP3 to do. he seems to be doing his thing, but he’s not surrounded by a good team. this year, as it stands, is gonna be a waste of his talent – are the Hornets gonna improve in the future? if not, then i’d LIKE to see him force a trade and get on a winning team.

  • http://Slamonline.com Nbk

    David West is a jumpshooter…….he is not playing like David west because his skills are reliant on his teammates. He is not bad, but he sure as heII isn’t a top tier 4.

  • http://slamonline.com tealish

    Now there’s ample reason for Byron Scott to be crossing his arms.

  • MikeC.

    C’mon SLAM, you couldn’t have titled this article “Hornets fire assistant coach Byron Scott”? Kick it oldish school with me.

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

    I don’t really think of Byron as a top tier coach either, BUT would some of the responsability sit with David West and Peja? A pair of bumbling veteran forwards if there ever were.

  • Klav

    I guess Rondo was right when he was talking sh*t to CP, he won’t win one as long as he’s in NO.

  • lol

    wow ridiculous the whole teams practically all-star material imean CP3!!! DAVID WEST! PEJA! and then emeka , and pterson, and posey the teams great now make em work for heavens sake

  • matt

    so a rookie headcoach will have a better season than a pretty good coach which was on the sidelines for years … yeah that makes real sense!! and as a team you cut payroll and still want to get better with worse players … that makes sense too ….. well hornets fans, have fun this losing season and hope you get a real good lottery pick.

  • dma

    Management sucks in New Orleans. Shinn needs to move again.

  • LeoneL

    Jeff, please give Thornton and Collison some playing time. Hey, things couldn’t be any worse..

  • GBaby

    thats really too bad, ohhh well make em an assistant coach on da Lakers

  • Michael Scorn

    He should have been fired the first year he couldn’t win the championship with “what we will remember as the greatest point guard of all time.”

  • flip

    “wow ridiculous the whole teams practically all-star material imean CP3!!! DAVID WEST! PEJA! and then emeka , and pterson, and posey”

    Only Paul and West were All-Stars last year. Peja, Okafor, Peterson, and JP sure as hell aren’t on that level, and D-West likely won’t get on the team this year if he keeps playing like he’s been. That kind of comment seriously exposes how much you know about basketball.

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

    could a statement BE any further from accuracy?

  • kev

    when is cp3″s contract up?