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Saturday, April 17, 2010

76ers dump coach Jordan

PHILADELPHIA (AP) Samuel Dalembert has become numb to the coaching changes. In and out of Philadelphia they shuffle, taking with them various philosophies that were scrapped almost as soon as the 76ers learned the playbook. His next coach will be his eighth in 10 seasons with the team.

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Out the door: The Philadelphia 76ers fired coach Eddie Jordan on Thursday following a 27-55 season. AP PHOTO

Philly's coaching carousel has become a punch line around the NBA.

"When I tell guys around the league, they laugh at me," Dalembert said.

Eddie Jordan is the latest coach fired by an organization that can't find the right mix of players or the right coach to contend for NBA championships. Jordan and his maligned Princeton offense were given all of one season to make it work.

One year in Philadelphia is like lasting through a multiyear deal with other organizations.

Since Larry Brown left in 2003, four other coaches have failed to coach more than 82 games for the organization. Jordan's dismissal means a second straight offseason of a coaching search.

Unlike last season, there are no guarantees that team president and general manager Ed Stefanski will lead the process. He took all the questions at Thursday's press conference — Comcast-Spectacor chairman Ed Snider and chief operating officer Peter Luukko were absent — and said he intended to be the point man for the interviews.

If he gets that chance.

Clippers ax Hughes

LOS ANGELES (AP) The Clippers wasted no time making their first offseason change, firing interim head coach Kim Hughes on Thursday in the team's third major shakeup in 2 1/2 months.

The team said on its Web site that Hughes had been dismissed and the search for a new coach was already under way, although there were no leading candidates.

Hughes took over as interim coach for Mike Dunleavy on Feb. 4 after seven seasons as an assistant and went 8-25 the rest of the way. The Clippers (29-53) ended another losing season Wednesday night with a 107-91 victory over the playoff-bound Lakers.

Grizzlies keep Hollins

MEMPHIS , Tenn. (AP) Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins has agreed to a new three-year contract with the team.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but Hollins made the announcement Thursday as the team met with reporters to wrap up the season.

He took over in January 2009 after Marc Iavaroni was fired and led the Grizzlies to a 40-42 record this season, 16 more wins than last year.

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