Byron Scott Fired
Like so many other people in these tough economic times, Byron Scott is looking for new employment after being fired today by the Hornets.
This isn't surprising news, since New Orleans has been playing disappointing basketball since the season started. Scott isn't exactly to blame, though. One look at this team's roster will tell you everything you need to know. There isn't a whole lot of talent there and Chris Paul is being asked to pretty much do everything. The team has a drastically different look than the team from two seasons ago that looked to be on the cusp of greatness. Most of the moves made were for financial reasons, not to make the team better. When that happens, this is what you eventually get.
Hornets GM Jeff Bower will take over as coach. He will be given the chance to win with the talent he has assembled. And when it doesn't happen, he'll be shown the door as well. And when Paul asks to be traded-- a move he should have made over the summer, in my opinion-- the team will enter full rebuilding mode and be able to slash payroll the way owner George Shinn wants.
In the mean time, Hornets fans can hope for Paul, David West and Emeka Okafor to pull it together and win a respectable amount of games. Maybe the team should look into making some trades if they're serious about salvaging their season. Stephen Jackson and Allen Iverson are two names that should be available that would be upgrades over the talent at the small forward and shooting guard positions. If not, the people of New Orleans can take comfort in one thing:
At least the Saints are winning.