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November 12, 2009 3:55 PM

Hornets Fire Coach Byron Scott

After a disappointing start to the season the New Orleans Hornets have fired coach Byron Scott. The move comes following Wednesdays 124-104 loss to the Phoenix Suns.  After winning the coach of the year award back in 2008, Scott started this year on the hot seat after a somewhat disappointing season that ended with an embarrassing defeat at the hands of the Denver Nuggets in the first round of the playoffs.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports:

Hornets vice president of basketball Chad Shinn said accountability was the team's watchword over the summer -- and that the Hornets were not measuring up with Scott at the helm.

As for who will take over the reigns:

Scott will be replaced by general manager Jeff Bower, with Tim Floyd as his top assistant, the team said. Floyd formerly coached the Hornets and the Chicago Bulls in the NBA and most recently at USC.

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