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#1 Posted on 18.5.04 1343.53
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NEW ORLEANS -- Byron Scott said his visit with the New Orleans Hornets went well, but he has yet to commit to taking the team's head coaching job if it is offered to him.

Scott spent Monday and part of Tuesday in New Orleans for an interview and tour of the team's facilities, including the Hornets' private jet parked at Louis Armstrong International Airport.

Last week Hornets majority owner George Shinn named Scott as one of the top candidates to replace Tim Floyd, who was fired May 7 after one season.

Scott led the Nets to two straight NBA Finals appearances -- losses to the Los Angeles Lakers and San Antonio Spurs -- and had a 149-139 record in 3 seasons before he was fired in January.

"Obviously, we were very impressed," Shinn said. "I told Byron that we have a couple of other people that we're going to interview, and we want to make a decision quickly. We're just going to wait and evaluate the other guys and then make a decision."

Jack Capella, the Hornets' executive vice president of basketball operations, said Scott discussed his offensive philosophies, such as his preference to have his players push the ball upcourt quickly.

"He's all about running," Capella said.


Floyd came in with a similar philosophy and the team took to it initially in starting 17-7, but the Hornets, with half of its roster having been in the league at least a decade, seemed to wear out by midseason and played below .500 basketball the rest of the way.


The Hornets did not give the media access to Scott when he met with Shinn and other top officials at the team's practice site in Westwego on Monday.


Scott made only a brief comment to reporters as he left the building with assistant general manager Allan Bristow, saying, "It went good."


Hornets point guard Baron Davis showed up at the practice facility during the interview but said he didn't meet with Scott.


"I grew up watching him play, and I like what he did in New Jersey," Davis said. "I know he's one of the top candidates. Seriously, whoever we get, it doesn't matter to me."


Scott toured New Orleans Arena on Monday before meeting with general manager Bob Bass, Shinn and other team officials at the practice facility.


"He likes the city very much," Shinn said, noting that Scott had a son who attended Xavier University. "He said his wife likes the city better than he does. Of course, I look at that as a positive."

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#2 Posted on 18.5.04 1553.23
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Just between you & me, I'm hoping Scott comes to coach the Lakers in the event that Phil isnt back next year.
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#3 Posted on 18.5.04 1601.23
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I see that happening too, Frosty.

I think Phil's future relies on where Kobe's going to be since I don't see that tandem together much longer. I'm 75% sure one of them will be a former Laker come November.
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#4 Posted on 18.5.04 1827.35
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Now fellas, we all know that either Byron or Kobe (or heck, both!) would be better off in Atlanta than anywhere else. Right?

Please?

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#5 Posted on 18.5.04 1834.52
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Getting back to Byron Scott and the Hornets...the Hornets were impressed with Tim Floyd, so I wouldn't exactly call it a ringing endorsement.

Plus, with the attendance situation down there, I wouldn't exactly buy for the long-term in New Orelans. There is a chance the team could move again.
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