View Full Version : New Orleans-GM Jeff Bower "part ways"

07-13-2010, 06:26 PM
Per Nola.com

The New Orleans Hornets team president Hugh Weber said on Tuesday that the franchise and General Manager Jeff Bower have mutually agreed to part ways, effective immediately.

The Times-Picayune
The New Orleans Hornets and general manager Jeff Bower have parted ways.
A search for his replacement is underway. Bower attended the Hornets' summer league shootaround practice on Tuesday morning, but he left without speaking to the media.

“We feel it is in the best interest for us and Jeff to part ways at this time.” Weber said. “Our search for a new general manager is already underway. We will target basketball minds that are highly respected in the basketball circles and someone that will help in our pursuit of building a championship team.”
Bower spent more than 14 seasons with the club, serving various scouting, coaching and general manager positions. He served as general manager from 2001-2003 and was re-appointed general manager at the start of the 2005-06 season. Bower took over the head coaching role this past season on Nov,12 after the Hornets relieved Byron Scott of head coach duties. He guided the Hornets to a 34-39 record (.466) last season.

“I want to thank Jeff for all his service for our organization,” said Hornets owner George Shinn said in a statement. “Gary Chouest and I have the necessary resources and will continue to do what it takes this summer to make our team better. Under the new leadership of Monty Williams, our team president Hugh Weber and our new general manager we feel very positive about our future as an organization.”

It was only a matter of time. After the huge contracts he handed out to Peja Stojakovic, James Posey, and the deal for Emeka Okafor last season--the writing was on the wall.