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FILE - In this March 31, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton looks on during the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans. The Sacramento Kings have hired Luke Walton as their coach just days after he parted ways with the Los Angeles Lakers following three losing seasons. The Kings announced Monday, April 15, 2019, that Walton will replace Dave Joerger. (AP Photo/Tyler Kaufman, File)
April 15, 2019 - 2:49 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — About five minutes after hearing Luke Walton had been dismissed as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers, Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac called Walton's agent. Finalizing the deal that brought Walton to Sacramento as the Kings new coach didn't take much longer...
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April 12, 2019 - 3:25 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three people familiar with the situation say the Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball operations. The people spoke to The Associated Press on...
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FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2019, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Larry Drew watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Cleveland. A person familiar with the decisions says the Cavaliers are not bringing back Drew for a second season. Drew, who led the Cavs to a 19-63 record after taking over when Tyronn Lue was fired on Oct. 28, was told the team was not picking up his contract option by general manager Koby Altman, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday, April 11, 2019, because the team has not commented. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak, File)
April 11, 2019 - 3:57 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cavaliers' next coach will inherit a better situation than the one Larry Drew got handed. Drew and the Cavs parted ways Thursday after a challenging, 19-win season that followed LeBron James leaving for Los Angeles and included a rash of injuries to a young roster. Although...
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FILE - In this a, Memphis Grizzlies head coach J.B. Bickerstaff reacts in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Denver. The Grizzlies fired Bickerstaff on Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)
April 11, 2019 - 2:44 pm
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies started the offseason Thursday with plenty of questions to answer, then controlling owner Robert Pera added to the to-do list by firing coach J.B. Bickerstaff as part of a front-office shake-up that demoted general manager Chris Wallace to scout. The...
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FILE - In this Sept. 26, 2018, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger talks with reporters after a training camp practice at the teams practice facility in Sacramento, Calif. Joerger was fired as coach of the Kings Thursday, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
April 11, 2019 - 10:58 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Sacramento Kings fired coach Dave Joerger on Thursday after three losing seasons. Joerger had a 98-148 record since joining the Kings, but also helped the team reach its best record in 13 seasons this year with 39 wins. But it wasn't enough to earn him a fourth season...
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Magic Johnson wipes his eyes as he speaks to reporters prior to an NBA basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trail Blazers on Tuesday, April 9, 2019, in Los Angeles. Johnson abruptly quit as the Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of the franchise just over two years ago. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
April 09, 2019 - 11:14 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Magic Johnson abruptly quit as the Los Angeles Lakers' president of basketball operations Tuesday night, citing his desire to return to the simpler life he enjoyed as a wealthy businessman and beloved former player before taking charge of this tempestuous franchise just over two...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2019, file photo, Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin encourages his team in the second half against Iowa in a first-round game in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament, in Columbus, Ohio. Cronin has been hired as UCLA’s basketball coach, ending a months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford. The university says Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal on Tuesday, April 9, 2019. (Kareem Elgazzar/The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP, File)
April 09, 2019 - 11:35 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Mick Cronin was hired as UCLA's basketball coach Tuesday, ending a bumpy, months-long search to find a replacement for the fired Steve Alford. The university said Cronin agreed to a $24 million, six-year deal. UCLA's search has been marked by a series of starts and stops since...
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FILE - In this July 21, 2017 file photo, Chicago Blackhawks' head coach Joel Quenneville speaks at a news conference during the NHL hockey team's convention in Chicago. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday, April 8, 2019, to coach the Florida Panthers. (AP Photo/G-Jun Yam, File)
April 08, 2019 - 9:51 am
SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Dale Tallon and Joel Quenneville are together again, and the Florida Panthers are ready for them to recreate their magic. Quenneville — who is second on the NHL's all-time victory list — was hired Monday to coach the Panthers, who started their offseason with a splash. It's...
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FILE - In this Feb. 28, 2019, file photo, Wofford coach Mike Young yells to his players during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Chattanooga in Chattanooga, Tenn. Virginia Tech has hired Young to replace Buzz Williams. The school announced the decision Sunday night, April 7. Young is scheduled to be formally introduced during a news conference Monday morning. (AP Photo/Wade Payne, File)
April 07, 2019 - 6:55 pm
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech has hired former Wofford men's basketball coach Mike Young to replace Buzz Williams. The school announced the decision Sunday night , just four days after Williams left to take the same job at Texas A&M. Young, a native of Radford, Virginia, about 10 miles...
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Buffalo Sabres head coach Phil Housley, top, Sam Reinhart (23), Zemgus Girgensons (28) and Kyle Okposo (21) react during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 30, 2019, in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
April 07, 2019 - 5:00 pm
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres' dreadful second-half free-fall left general manager Jason Botterill no choice but to fire coach Phil Housley after his second year on the job. "Today certainly wasn't an easy day, but the results in the second half were just not there. We were very...
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