We are just two weeks into the NBA season and we already have the first coaching casualty of the 2009-10. Byron Scott, (now former) coach of the New Orleans Hornets was canned after a 3-6 start -- and after being throttled by the Suns on Wednesday night.
His replacement for the time being will be Hornets GM Jeff Bower. Scott was just a season and nine game removed from being named the NBA Coach of the Year in 2008, and coaching the Hornets to the the Western Conference semifinals.
Now, do I think the Scott firing is a bit brash? Indeed. I mean, seriously, we are only nine games into the NBA season and it's not like the Hornets don't have the talent to compete. They have a roster that includes arguably the best point guard in the game in Chris Paul, and the likes of Emeka Okafor, Peja Stojakovic, David West and the supposed X-Factor of the 2006 and 2007 NBA playoffs: James Posey.
Given more time, I think the Hornets could turn it around with Scott at the helm, if not, at least give him the chance to do so because being fired just two weeks into the NBA season is a tad absurd.