Hornets replace coach with general manager

Staff reports

The New Orleans Hornets announced Thursday that they have relieved Byron Scott of head coaching duties, and he will be replaced by General Manager Jeff Bower.

"I want to thank Byron for the hard work he has put in during his time with the Hornets," said Hornets Owner George Shinn. "I've hired Jeff Bower to take over the coaching reign. He knows this team better than anyone, has the respect of the players and in basketball circles, is regarded as one of the best basketball minds in the business"

Bower has spent more than 14 seasons with the club. He began his tenure with the Hornets as an advance scout from 1995-97 before earning a promotion as the team's director of scouting. Bower joined the coaching ranks as an assistant after Paul Silas was named interim head coach on March 7, 1999. After serving as the assistant general manager for the 2000-01 season, Bower was promoted to general manager in June  2001 and has since held that position. He returned to the bench as an assistant coach under Floyd in 2003-04. Bower's years of experience working at all levels in the Hornets' basketball operations department culminated with his appointment to the current post of general manager just prior to the start of the team's 2005-06 training camp.

"Accountability was our theme this past summer," said Hornets Vice President of Basketball Chad Shinn. "We talked about the fact that everyone on our staff is held to a certain standard of performance and we didn't feel this was happening at the head coach level. We feel like we still have an opportunity with our nucleus to get to where we want and Jeff is the right guy, right now to move us in that direction from the bench."