Saturday, November 22, 2008

That was quick: OKC Thunder Fire head coach

Posted By on Sat, Nov 22, 2008 at 2:44 PM

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Is it just me or do the Hornets have a knack for getting opposing teams' head coaches fired? First it was Avery Johnson, who was dismissed from the Dallas Mavericks after New Orleans knocked his team out of the playoffs in five games last season. Now it's P.J. Carlesimo, the (former) Oklahoma City Thunder head coach who was unceremoniously fired after his team fell to 1–12 last night after the Hornets waxed them 105–80.

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And you thought the Hornets were off to a shaky start.

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Of course, last night's big win followed by Carlesimo's firing means one of two things about tonight's game: either the Thunder are ripe for another blowout loss and New Orleans goes on a roll or OKC is going to come out hungry and catch a complacent Hornets team by surprise.

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If it's the former (Hornets win), then we can all look back at these two games as an early turning point of the season. There's also the symbolic significance of the Hornets beating the pulp out of a team that plays in the city that graciously hosted them for two years after Katrina (a memory most Hornets fans would soon forget).

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But if it's the latter (Hornets lose), then it seems like this team is back to square one: seemingly unable to put together a consistent win streak after 3–0 start and the local media and fans starting to grow impatient. For a team that many predict should be contending for a title, you gotta wonder how much patience management will show with the coaching staff if the Hornets can't get their act together and stop playing like pretenders.

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For the record, though, I see the Blue and Gold taking it to the Thunder tonight. After all, Byron Scott knows all about the "What have you done for me lately?" nature of the NBA.

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