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cin
12-10-2003, 05:04 PM
Sun sets on Frank Johnson

By Greg Boeck, USA TODAY
PHOENIX Frank Johnson became the third NBA coach since the beginning of the 2003-04 regular season to get fired when the Phoenix Suns replaced him with assistant coach Mike D'Antoni on Wednesday.

The dismissal comes on the heels of a 1-3 road trip that included losses to struggling Orlando and Miami. The Suns are 8-13 overall the second-worst record in the Western Conference.

D'Antoni takes over a team that is without injured star Amare Stoudemire and rookie Zarko Cabarkapa. The former Denver Nuggets coach makes his debut at home against New Orleans.

"This will be my seventh coach in 11 years," said Suns guard Penny Hardaway.

Johnson's record in his three seasons with Phoenix was 63-71 and included a playoff appearance last season. The Suns fell to the eventual champion Spurs in the first round but took San Antonio to six games.

The Magic fired Doc Rivers earlier this season while the Chicago Bulls dismissed Bill Cartwright.

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/suns/2003-12-10-johnson-fired_x.htm

bogey
12-10-2003, 05:21 PM
man....the firings have come early this year.

sike
12-10-2003, 05:40 PM
Originally posted by: bogey
man....the firings have come early this year.

you can always count on cow to make the totally obvious and bland point! Thanks cow for being the bran in my diet, keeps me regulari/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gifi/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif

MavKikiNYC
12-10-2003, 06:38 PM
Frank Johnson's elevation to head coach made little sense. The timing of his dismissal is just as odd.

Suns seem to have a real stability crisis vis a vis their head coaching position.

Wonder if they aren't interested in Doc Rivers. If not, I might know where they could get a slightly used masterbuilder.

Lvubun1
12-10-2003, 07:52 PM
Originally posted by: MavKikiNYC
Frank Johnson's elevation to head coach made little sense. The timing of his dismissal is just as odd.

Suns seem to have a real stability crisis vis a vis their head coaching position.

Wonder if they aren't interested in Doc Rivers. If not, I might know where they could get a slightly used masterbuilder.

Wow I had to read over that last word a couple times, at first I was thinking to myself "Hey he is talking 'bout me"

mavsfanforever
12-10-2003, 08:00 PM
Originally posted by: bogey
man....the firings have come early this year.

Just sends a message to all the coaches how important it is to have a good start in this league.

kingrex
12-11-2003, 11:11 AM
I guess his overall record makes this firing seem warranted, but I thought the Suns were improving despite what their record reflects.