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Old 12-10-2003, 10:11 PM   #1
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Suns fire coach Frank Johnson, name D'Antoni replacement

December 10, 2003

PHOENIX (Ticker) - The Suns stopped rising in Phoenix, and it cost coach Frank Johnson his job.

The Suns, who have dropped six of their last seven games, fired Johnson on Wednesday and replaced him with assistant Mike D'Antoni.

Johnson guided the Suns to a 44-38 record and a playoff berth in 2002-03, his first full season as coach. But the Suns have yet to climb above .500 this season and are just 8-13, including losses in their last three games. "I believe that last year was not a mirage," Suns chairman Jerry Colangelo said. "It's been written that we overachieved last year and I don't buy it. We never really got off the launching pad this season."
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Most expected more from the young Suns, and I think management lost patience. They have a lot of talent and were underachieving, but they need to find a permanent replacement.
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Old 12-11-2003, 07:02 PM   #2
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Agreed, but you have to laugh at this trend.. I mean that's THREE coaches fired this season so far and we're not even very far into it yet.
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Hey, it could be the NHL and you get fired with a winning record ... LOL.
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