Last week former Nets coach Byron Scott landed on his feet as the new head coach of the New Orleans Hornets. While doing some research on an upcoming story, Gothamist ran across this cloumn from the always knowledgeable John Hollinger on why Scott shouldn't expect his stay in the Big Easy to be very long.

AP Photo: Byron Scott and George ShinnHollinger cites the Hornets move from the Eastern Conference to the superior West as a major reason that Scott is doomed to failure. The Hornets managed a 41-41 record in the East this year, good enough for the 5th seed in the playoffs. Had they been in the West with that record, they would have finished in a tie for tenth place and thus, out of the playoffs.

On court issues are just the beginning of the end for Coach Scott however. Hollinger explains that it's never a good thing when an owner hires a new coach without having a GM in place. Current Hornets GM Bob Bass has already announced his retirement following this June's draft. There has been no indication that a search for his replacement has even begun yet. This past season provides a dangerous precedent showing how coaches always come up as the loser when a new GM is brought on board: Larry Bird (Isiah Thomas), Danny Ainge (Jim O'Brien) and Isiah Thomas (Don Chaney) all got rid of the coaches that were hired by their predecessor. Looking even further back gives you Michael Jordan (Leonard hamilton) and John Paxson (Bill Cartwright). We'll save the discussion that each of these GM's was a former player for another time.

Lastly, looking at the Hornets recent history with head coaches can't make Scott feel too good. Meddling owner George Shinn decided to replace Paul Silas (owner of the franchises best winning percentage) last year with the infamous Tim Floyd (who prior to this season had the worst winning percentage in NBA history). We've already been over the results Floyd achieved in his lone season at the helm.

Scott hopes his winning ways can rub off on the Hornets. All Star guard (and LA native) Baron Davis has already gone on record saying he is very excited at the prospect of playing for a Lakers legend. However, the big question will be how Scott's eventual boss will feel about him.