Byron Scott, the former head coach of the New Orleans Hornets, was fired today. The team is only nine games into the season and struggling at 3-6. Is firing Scott going to fix the struggling franchise? Absolutely not. The team is in financial trouble and made practically no moves this off-season. More and more in sports, GM\’s are pulling the trigger and firing managers and coaches if a team struggles for a few games. Note to GM\’s, if your franchise is falling like a high-rise during an earthquake, the problem is not with the coach.
Scott was the Coach of the Year in 2008, led the Hornets to a 49-33 record in 2009, and, despite a depleted roster due to injuries in 2009, still made the playoffs. I understand the team wanted to regroup this off-season in order to make a deeper run in the playoffs in 2010, but if that is the case, why did management only make one serious move during the off-season that was virtually a lateral move, acquiring Emeka Okafor for Tyson Chandler? Maybe, Jeff Bower (Hornet\’s GM), if you expect to be competitive in the NBA, you should acquire a supporting cast for Chris Paul and not worry about the one part of your team that was not causing the team to plummet, the head coach.
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He he… I wrote a similar piece not long ago. We're in total agreement on this one.I think that article is still on my main page.