Monday , Jan , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Nets fire Scott

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – According to a report, the New Jersey
Nets fired head coach Byron Scott on Monday.

The New York Daily News reported that Scott will be replaced by head assistant
coach Lawrence Frank at 2 p.m. (et) news conference today.

The team’s all-time winningest NBA coach, Scott posted a 149-139 record in
three-plus seasons with the Nets. Scott’s accomplishments with the Nets are
highlighted by two straight trips to the NBA Finals.

The Nets snapped a five-game losing skid on Sunday, but are still a
disappointing 22-20 this season. New Jersey leads the Celtics by two games in
the Atlantic Division, but have just the fifth-best record in the Eastern
Conference.

The last year of Scott’s four-year deal was to pay him between $2.6 million
and $3 million.

Despite leading the team to consecutive NBA Finals appearances, Scott was not
given a contract extension in the offseason. His status was even rockier by
persistent reports that he lacked the support of star guard Jason Kidd, who
berated Scott after an embarrassing 110-63 loss in Memphis on December 13.

Kidd, and forward Kenyon Martin, also criticized Scott’s coaching moves during
last year’s Finals against San Antonio. The duo was unhappy with Scott’s use
of former Net Dikembe Mutombo and the coach’s stubbornness not to double team
Finals MVP Tim Duncan.

However, despite the turmoil, Kidd re-signed with New Jersey in the offseason
for $103 million over six years, although he was also pursued by the Spurs.

Scott’s last game as head coach of the Nets came Sunday, a 110-91 win over
Boston. Scott was ejected in the third quarter.

The Nets have been in the news lately as the franchise was officially sold to
developer Bruce Ratner on Friday. Ratner plans on moving the Nets across
the Hudson River to Brooklyn. That deal is now waiting approval from the rest
of the NBA owners.

NJ