Hornets GM Bristow resigns

Updated: October 1, 2005, 9:37 PM ET
Associated Press

New Orleans Hornets: Allan Bristow resigned as general manager of the Hornets Saturday, citing health concerns.

Bristow, 52, took over as the Hornets' general manager in June, when Bob Bass retired. He helped oversee the Hornets' temporary move to Oklahoma City, which was prompted by Hurricane Katrina.

"The stress and strain of the last month took a serious toll on various health problems that I was already facing before the hurricane," Bristow said in a statement. "After consulting with my physician, it became clear that stepping down was the only decision that made sense for me and my family."

Jeff Bower, the Hornets' director of player personnel, was promoted to replace Bristow. He also served as general manager from 2001-03, including the team's move from Charlotte to New Orleans in 2002. He'll now take over the team after another move, as the Hornets play 35 of their 41 home games in Oklahoma City this season.

Bristow played college basketball at Virginia Tech and spent 10 years in the NBA with Philadelphia, San Antonio, Utah and Dallas before retiring in 1983.

He was 207-203 in five seasons as the Hornets' coach from 1991-96. He has also served an assistant coach for the Denver Nuggets and San Antonio Spurs.

"Our first concern is Allan's health, but we have the utmost confidence that having Jeff in place will enable us to move on without missing a beat," Hornets President Paul Mott said. "His experience has made him knowledgeable about every facet of basketball operations and I look forward to having him use that insight to put the best possible team on the floor."

Bower joined the team in 1995 as an advance scout and has also served as an assistant coach in his 11 years with the team. He resigned as general manager after coach Paul Silas was fired in May 2003 but returned to the team the following year as director of player personnel.

Also on Saturday, the Hornets hired 18-year coaching veteran David Miller as an assistant coach. Miller last coached at Southern California as an assistant to Henry Bibby.

Los Angeles Clippers: The Clippers signed six free agents, including four with NBA experience: Jan Jagla, Amal McCaskill, Boniface NDong, Jared Reiner, Fred Vinson and Frank Williams.

Jagla averaged 6.7 points and 3.3 rebounds in Germany last season after three years at Penn State.

McCaskill has averaged 1.8 points and 1.9 rebounds in four seasons with Orlando, San Antonio, Atlanta and Philadelphia. He played in Lebanon last season.

NDong averaged 14.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.1 blocks in France last season. The 7-footer played for the Nuggets' summer league team.

Reiner averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds in 19 games with the Bulls last season after signing as a free agent out of Iowa.

Vinson averaged 19.8 points, 1.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals in Venezuela last season. He has played in 13 NBA games over two seasons with Atlanta and Seattle.

Williams has averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 assists in his first three NBA seasons after being selected by Denver with the 25th selection in the 2002 draft. He also had stints with New York and Chicago, where he played last season.

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