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Seattle SuperSonics fire coach Bob Hill
2007-04-24 05:25:11 Xinhua English

WASHINGTON, April 24 (Xinhua) -- The Seattle SuperSonics fired head coach Bob Hill and reassigned general manager Rick Sund on Tuesday after the NBA team failed to make the playoffs for a second straight season.

Hill, who took over in the middle of the 2005-06 season, led the Sonics to a 31-51 record, the worst season in over 20 years. Sund will remain with the team as a consultant for the remaining year of his contract.

The management shake-up takes place at a time when the future of the Supersonics is in doubt after the state legislature decided last week not to vote on a plan to build a 500 million U.S. dollars arena for the team.

Sonics chairman Clay Bennett is the head of an Oklahoma-based investment group who bought the Sonics last year for $350 million and set an Oct. 31 deadline to secure a new arena deal for the Supersonics. After the deadline, the owners will consider moving the franchise.

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