Hired by executive vice president of basketball operations Bob Bass as general manager on May 29. ... Takes over for Jeff Bower, who joins Tim Floyd's coaching staff as an assistant. ... Played and coached under Bass in San Antonio, and Bass named him head coach in Charlotte, where from 1991-96 Bristow led the Hornets to a 207-203 record, a franchise best at the time (he's now second behind Paul Silas). ... Spent a season as the team's vice president for basketball operations, and after being fired by Charlotte held the same title with the Denver Nuggets in 1996-97. ... Worked as a lifeguard when he got the call from Bass.
Tim Floyd, Head Coach
Beat out Mike Fratello and former Hornets assistant Brian Hill for the job, signing a three-year deal worth $4.8 million minus incentives. For more on Floyd, see the interview in this section.
Alvin Gentry, Assistant Coach
If misery loves company, Gentry and Floyd should get along fine. ... Rescued by Floyd after coaching in the Black Hole of the NBA, the Los Angeles Clippers, who fired Gentry midway through last season after the team stumbled to a 19-39 start. ... Overall record as head coach is 177-226. ... Coached the Detroit Pistons to a 73-72 record after taking over for Doug Collins in the 1997-98 season, though he also received a midseason canning, during the 1999-2000 season after the Pistons started out 28-30.
Jan van Breda Kolff, Assistant Coach
Longtime college coach who also played in the NBA. ... Hired to help revamp the Hornets' offense as they move away from an isolation/two-man approach to a more balanced, motion-style offense favored by the New Jersey Nets and van Breda Kolff's mentor, Princeton coach Pete Carrill. ... Father Butch coached the Los Angeles Lakers, Princeton and the old New Orleans Jazz. ... Jan coached four college teams over 12 years, posting a career record of 204-155 (.568), including two NCAA Tournament berths and five NIT bids. ... Left St. Bonaventure under a cloud when it was learned he was playing an ineligible player; though van Breda Kolff was cleared of any wrongdoing, the president and athletic director resigned.
Kenny Gattison, Assistant Coach
Another member of the family returns to the fold. ... Played for the Hornets from 1989-95 under then-Coach Allen Bristow, before a short stint with the Vancouver Grizzlies and subsequent retirement. ... Starred at Old Dominion, where he returned as an assistant coach the past two seasons after assisting John Calipari with the New Jersey Nets (1996-98). ... Averaged 4.7 points and 7.9 rebounds as a pro.
Darrell Armstrong, Free Agent (Guard)
Free-agent signee from the Orlando Magic. Not exactly an earth-shaker of a free agent, but might help give the Hornets the backcourt depth (and scoring punch) they need. ... Helps replace departed guards Robert Pack and Kenny Anderson, neither of whom turned heads coming off the bench. ... A nine-year veteran and 35 years old, Armstrong (6-foot-1) averaged 9.4 points and 3.9 assists for the Orlando Magic, but is also known for his tough defensive play. ... Won both the NBA's Most Improved Player and Sixth Man awards in 1998-99, averaging 13.8 points and 6.7 assists. ... Played with Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway on the Magic's NBA Finals team in 1994-95, losing to the Houston Rockets. ... Arrested on July 7 and charged with battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest without violence after an altercation outside an Orlando nightclub (the case is still pending).
Sean Rooks, Free Agent
Goodbye, Jerome Moiso; hello, Sean Rooks. ... The Hornets let go of a raw talent for a veteran with these two, both of whom averaged about 4 points and 3 rebounds last season. ... The difference is, the 33-year-old Rooks, an 11-year veteran who last played with the Los Angeles Clippers, is considered more consistent. ... Will back up both power forward P.J. Brown and center Jamaal Magloire.
David West, Rookie
Management swears that they didn't draft the Xavier University power forward as an insurance policy in case they failed to re-sign P.J. Brown, that he was the best player available at No. 18 in the draft. Hard to argue with selecting the Associated Press' National Player of the Year; the 6-foot-9, 240-pound West averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds and 2.5 blocked shots. ... That rare bird, a rookie who played all four years of college ball, West was a three-time Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Year. ... Coaches love his wingspan and competitiveness, though some scouts question whether he's big or strong enough to play power forward in the pros and don't think he's quick enough to play small forward.
James Lang, Rookie
Project with a capital "P." ... This 6-foot-10, 305-pound center from Birmingham, Ala.'s Central Park Christian High School lost 50 pounds before his senior year, and eventually hopes to get down around the 280-pound range. ... Not afraid to throw his weight around, Lang's considered NBA-ready in the aggressiveness department. ... Just about everything else is considered very raw, especially his shooting touch.