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Apr 20, 2010 4:45 PM by Melissa Canone

New Orleans Hornets Coach Stepping Down

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jeff Bower is stepping down as coach of the
New Orleans Hornets but will remain the team's general manager.
Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman says Bower, who has been
general manager since 2005, will turn his focus immediately to the
search for a new coach and the NBA draft in June.
Bower first joined the Hornets as a scout 15 years ago. He took
over as head coach nine games into this past season, after Byron
Scott was fired.
New Orleans struggled with injuries to key players like Chris
Paul and Peja Stojakovic, finishing 34-39 in Bower's only season as
an NBA head coach.

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