Sunday , Oct , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Bristow resigns as GM of Hornets

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Citing health and mental reasons
associated with the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans
Hornets general manager Allan Bristow stepped down from his position on
Saturday.

The team promoted Jeff Bower from director of player personnel to GM.

“The stress and strain of the last month took a serious toll on various health
problems that I was already facing before the hurricane,” said Bristow. “After
consulting with my physician, it became clear that stepping down was the only
decision that made sense for me and my family.”

Bristow was named GM of the team on June 17, 2004, after serving as assistant
general manager during the 2003-04 season. He had spent six years with the
Hornets (1990-1996), including five as head coach and one as vice president of
basketball operations, before re-joining the organization prior to the 2003-04
season.

Due to the damage sustained to the New Orleans Arena from Hurricane Katrina
and its aftermath, the Hornets will play a majority of their 2005-06 home
schedule at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City.

“I’m glad that I was able to put everything in place in Oklahoma City from an
operations standpoint before stepping down, but I regret that I won’t get to
see the finished product of the work that I put in during the offseason,” said
Bristow. “I wish Jeff Bower, coach (Byron) Scott and his staff, the players
and the rest of the organization the best of luck as they begin the season.”

Bower previously served as general manager from 2001-2003.

“We expect to do great things this season both on and off the court,” said
Bower. “I’m proud that I will be a part of both the excitement that is being
generated in Oklahoma City and the rebuilding effort that we will help to see
through in Louisiana.”