Originally Published: Nov 12, 2009 11:15 PM CDT
The Fall Guy.
Reprising the role played by Lee Majors in the 1980’s television show?Byron Scott. Scott was, by all accounts, gracious, professional and good to deal with during the Hornets stay in Oklahoma City. His firing by the Hornets may be a blessing in disguise as theirs is a sinking ship and Scott may one day be coach of the Lakers.
It’s not Scott’s fault that General Manager Jeff Bower and Owner George Shinh agreed to pay Peja Stojakovic and James Posey too much or that Tyson Chandler’s health and contract forced the team to trade him. But the team is $3 million over the salary cap and three games below .500 and someone, I suppose, had to pay the price.
So, the 2008 NBA Coach of the Year is looking for work. And NBA coaches beware, winning Coach of the Year honors can be like the Sports Illustrated cover jinx. 5 of the last 6 coaches to win the award are no longer in the position in which they won it:
2004 Hubie Brown-Grizzlies (retired), 2005 Mike D’Antoni-Suns (fired now with Knicks), 2006 Avery Johnson-Mavericks (fired), 2007 Sam Mitchell-Raptors (fired), 2008-Byron Scott-Hornets (fired).
2009 Coach of the Year Mike Brown of the Cavaliers, you’re on notice. Better hope Shaq and LeBron figure it out soon.