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Tough break for Bower
July 14, 2010 - Neil Rudel
It appears Hollidaysburg native Jeff Bower, who earlier this year became the first person in Blair County history to be a manager or coach in any of the three major sports (NFL, MLB, NBA), was forced out of his general manager job with the New Orleans Hornets.
Bower took over as coach for Byron Scott, who was let go early in the season, but after the Hornets missed the playoffs, the team decided that it would be best to hire a different coach (Monty Williams) and moved Bower back to his GM duties.
Now, he's lost those, too.
It appears there was a disconnect between Bower and the team's star, point guard Chris Paul. Paul missed nearly half the season with injuries, including the first eight games after Bower replaced Scott (read: Paul was pouting/protesting).
Below is a followup in the New Orleans Picayune newspaper. The sad reality is, unless you're Pat Riley, a GM/coach is more expendable than the star.
Here's hoping Bower lands on his feet with another organization, if he so chooses.