According to multiple sources, The Hornets have let coach Byron Scott go after starting the season a disappointing 3-6, with all the losses in blowout fashion.
Talk of Scott being released began at the end of last season when the injured Hornets completely collapsed, losing five of six to end the season including a 58 point stomping in their own house.
With the start this year, the Hornets have lost fourteen of their last nineteen games. Combine that with Scott's reputation for being tough on young players and an unhappy superstar, and the result is a coach that doesn't fit in New Orleans.
As I wrote recently, Scott deserved to be fired . The choice to hire GM Jeff Bower as a replacement however, is a bit of a head scratcher.
What does this mean for New Orleans?
Teams tend to respond positively in the short term to coaching changes, but the choice of GM Jeff Bower muddles things a bit. He has literally no head coaching experience and limited experience playing. He has never held an on-court NBA job.
Why is he being chosen?
First off, he knows the players as well as anyone. Perhaps he is just filling in until Tim Floyd is ready to take over full time, or maybe he just thinks he can do it. In the NBA, Coach/GM's don't tend to have a lot of success, so take that for what it's worth.
In the short term it will mean more energy and playing time for the rookies and young players. What that means for the rest of the season really relies on how they react and perform.
It wouldn't surprise me to see Marcus Thornton and Darren Collison receiving a lot of minutes in the next couple weeks.
Is hiring the Bower as coach a cost saving move by the Shinn family?
It would certainly seem so. Although there isn't a plethora of great coaches available right now, surely there was at least one experienced candidate.
Is Scott done as an NBA head coach?
Not at all. Certain coaches tend to do better with certain teams. Scott is a veterans coach, like Phil Jackson. It wouldn't surprise me at all to see him end up with a veteran team before too long.