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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!

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