Byron Scott fired as coach of the Hornets


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Former Lakers star Byron Scott was fired as coach of the New Orleans Hornets today and was replaced by General Manager Jeff Bower.

Owner George Shinn said in a statement that the move gives the Hornets the best opportunity “to reach our goals this season.”


The Hornets also announced that former New Orleans head coach Tim Floyd, who resigned as USC coach before this season started, will be one of Bower’s top assistants.

New Orleans lost 124-104 at Phoenix on Wednesday, falling to 3-6 to start the season.

When Scott took over as coach after the 2003-04 season, he was the Hornets’ third coach in three seasons. He was the NBA coach of the year in 2008, when the Hornets finished 56-26. He was in the last year of his contract.

Scott has often been mentioned as a potential candidate to replace Phil Jackson as Lakers coach whenever Jackson decides to step down.

-- Houston Mitchell