now that the news of Byron Scott's firing as the New Orleans Hornets head coach has sunk in, it's time to think about what happens next for the former lead man in the Big Easy. Scott was the coach of the Hornets since 2004, leading the team to it's best season ever, a 56-26 regular season capped off with a thrilling (and disappointing) Game 7 loss to the Spurs. He also was reluctant to play younger players like Julian Wright in favor of underachieving veterans like Devin Brown and Melvin Ely. Now Scott has been removed, and GM Jeff Bower will take over. What does this mean for Byron Scott? well, now it means it's time for him to look for a new job. Here are some places he could land:
It's amazing Lawrence Frank is still the coach of the Nets. He took over in 2004 when Byron Scott was removed. The Nets have sputtered to an 0-8 start, and it doesn't look like a future for New Jersey is bright, either. Scott led the Nets tot heir best season ever in 2002 with a 52-30 record, including a trip to the NBA Finals. The Nets could really use anything right now, and Byron Scott seems like an ideal choice.
Now I wouldn't say that Scott would immediately become coach of the Lakers, maybe an assistant coach. The Lakers appeared to have their coach in waiting with Kurt Rambis, however, Rambis decided to take the job with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Scott has been rumored to be a candidate for the Lakers job when Phil Jackson retires. Well, it could happen.
Scott played for 3 years with Indiana, and Jim O'Brien has been less than stellar as the coach of the Pacers, who have been average with O'Brien at the helm. Scott could be a refreshing change for a Pacers team that really just needs some publicity. Drafting Tyler Hansbrough has worn off at this point.
Now on a side note, I think that Avery Johnson will be a top candidate for the Hornets job at the end of the season, because I do not believe that Bower will stay Head Coach, and if he makes Tim Floyd the coach, fans might mutiny. Avery Johnson would please the fans and give the team a much-needed boost. The only thing I can think of that might go awry is his lack of post-season success, but hey, can't all be perfect, can we?
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