He inherited a pretty bad team in '04, guided them through the post-Katrina years when they played their home games in Oklahoma City, ended up getting a franchise player in Chris Paul and seemed destined to bigger and better things.
Scott's time in New Orleans peaked in a strong 07-08 season when they got to the second round and he won a coach of the year award. At that point, it seemed like the Hornets were headed upwards towards the elite but that hasn't been the case since. The Hornets took a step back last year and everything came to an end after a 3-6 start and a blowout loss to the Suns.
Theres gotta be some balance to this.....being the best coach of the league and then little more than a year later, your not good enough to keep your job. That does feel a bit extreme. The way I see it...this is the same coach that got the New Jersey Nets to the finals (twice...ok it was in a bad eastern conference....but still one of those things I thought would never happen)....
My guess is hes back in the league coaching somewhere by the start of next year.
On a side note, does this mean that last years Coach of the Year, Mike Brown is on the hot seat. The Cavs haven't started that fast this year and there is a lot riding on whether the Cavs could win it all this year. My guess if they don't win it this year and/or they lose LeBron, Mike Brown will join Scott as another Coach of the Year that lost his coaching gig.