November 12, 2009
Break out the pink slips!
Jimmy Smith of The Times-Picayune reports that the New Orleans Hornets have fired head coach Byron Scott. General manager Jeff Bower will take over the team on an interim basis, according to a league source. He has never been a head coach in the NBA.
The Hornets are currently in fourth place in the Southwest Division with a disappointing 3-6 record. Apparently, the Hornets made the decision to dismiss Scott following New Orleans' awful loss in Phoenix on Wednesday night.
Scott had a 203-216 record in five-plus seasons in New Orleans, winning coach of the year honors in 2007-08 when he guided the Hornets to a franchise-record 56 wins and division title.
The wildest part about this news — the Coach of the Year curse gets stronger.
That's right; all four coaches who were honored prior to last year's winner were fired not too long after winning the COY hardware. In order: Mike D'Antoni, Avery Johnson, Sam Mitchell, and now, Scott. In fact, of the 10 men who were COY winners from 1999 through 2008, just one — San Antonio's Gregg Popovich — is still employed by the club he won it with.
So you know what that means ... you're next, Mike Brown!