Friday , May , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hornets introduce Byron Scott

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) – Byron Scott was named the head coach of the
New Orleans Hornets on Friday. As per team policy, details of Scott’s contract
were not released.

Scott, who was formally introduced during an afternoon press conference,
replaces the fired Tim Floyd.

“We said we would go out and get the best available coach on the market and we
succeeded,” said Hornets owner George Shinn. “Now that we have Byron on board,
we can concentrate on helping him succeed by continuing to do whatever it
takes to make this team better.”

The New Jersey Nets fired Scott in late January and he has been working as an
analyst for ABC’s coverage of the NBA since then.

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.

“I couldn’t be more ecstatic to be here in New Orleans to give this Hornet
team a chance to be exactly what they should be and that’s winners,” said
Scott, who becomes the seventh coach in franchise history.

The Hornets will move to the extremely competitive Western Conference next
season due to the addition of the Charlotte Bobcats, but Scott did not seem to
be bothered by the team’s change of conferences.

“I’m a west-coast type of coach and I think everyone knows that and it doesn’t
matter where you coach,” said Scott. “When I went to New Jersey, I still
wanted to run the ball up and down the floor and wanted to be very good on the
defensive end and we were able to accomplish those two goals. It’s the same
situation that applies here in New Orleans.”

Scott began his coaching career after 14 years as a player in the NBA with Los
Angeles (1983-93, 1996-97), Indiana (1993-95) and Vancouver (1995-96). Scott,
who holds career averages of 14.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists, won
three NBA championships (1985, 1987, 1988) as a key member of the Lakers’
“Showtime” era.