Byron Scott: The Latest Victim of the NBA’s Haywire Coaching Carousel

November 13th, 2009 by Robert Kleeman Leave a reply »
Byron Scott is no less a victim than Sam Mitchell in Toronto or Eddie Jordan in Washington.

He is a victim of the most disturbing, anger-inducing trend in sports.

The quick fix. The scapegoat game. The easy way out. The predictable public relations response.

Mark my words—Scott's dismissal as coach of the Hornets will not make New Orleans a better franchise now or next year.

Raise your hand if you think GM Jeff Bower has any chance of winning over this fatally flawed roster.

If you raised even a pinkie, is your middle name "gullible"?

Of all the NBA teams who canned coaches last year, how many of them have improved besides the Oklahoma City Thunder?

Of all the squads that expect a successful turnaround this year, is the head coach the figure responsible for the optimism?

In Flip Saunders' and the Washington Wizards case, yes—though new additions will also help. Up north, in snowy Toronto, Jay Triano owes any increase in win percentage to the arrival of Jarrett Jack and Hedo Turkoglu.

Hornets owner George Shinn made this questionable decision, not Bower.

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