Thursday , May , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Byron Scott to coach Hornets

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Byron Scott announced Thursday night that he
has agreed in principle to become the new head coach of the New Orleans

Scott, fired by the Nets in late January, has been working as an analyst for
ABC’s coverage of the NBA. He confirmed his decision to take the New Orleans
job during ESPN’s playoff preview show Thursday night.

“I am very excited to take this job,” said Scott, who will replace departed
Hornets coach Tim Floyd, fired by the team earlier this month after just one

Details of Scott’s new contract haven’t been disclosed, and no confirmation
has been given by the Hornets.

Scott, the Nets’ all-time winningest NBA coach, was 149-139 in three-plus
seasons with the team and led them to consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in
2002 and 2003.

When he was fired on January 26 — somewhat surprisingly — New Jersey was
22-20. Assistant coach Lawrence Frank took over and won 13 consecutive games
on the way to a 25-15 record with the team.

The Hornets, meanwhile, were 41-41 under Floyd and lost to Miami in the first
round of the playoffs.