Is Byron Scott’s Firing Major Buzz Kill for the New Orleans Hornets?

November 13th, 2009 by DeMarco Williams Leave a reply »

It was all good just two months ago. Byron Scott, Wake Forest basketball head coach Dino Gaudio and a host of Chris Paul’s loved ones were gathered at a Winston-Salem bowling alley for CP3’s Family & Friends Night on the lanes. Scott was full of energy. He had his beer, bowling shoes and the biggest grin on his face. Little else mattered in the world.

But then the 2009-10 NBA season started for the New Orleans Hornets. Any grin he had earlier in the fall was immediately replaced by grief after his team’s opening night gutter ball and 1-3 start. A win over Dallas was nice for the 2008 Coach of the Year, but subsequent defeats began to take their toll on the front office.

Six failures by an average of 14 points will make even the most optimistic reveler in the Crescent City nervous. Add that fact with the still-stinging memory of last year’s opening-round postseason embarrassment. Let’s not even get on the Hornets’ despicable 121-63 smashing from the Denver Nuggets in Game 4—and it makes sense t ...

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