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Grizzlies Hire Fratello

From Associated Press

Mike Fratello was hired as coach of the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday, leaving the TV booth and replacing friend and mentor Hubie Brown, who retired last week citing health reasons.

Fratello coached the Atlanta Hawks for eight seasons and the Cleveland Cavaliers for six, compiling a 592-499 record. He is the Grizzlies’ seventh head coach. Contract terms were not disclosed.

“Today is the beginning of a new day for all of us,” Grizzly President Jerry West said. “We want to get back to where we feel good about ourselves.”

The Grizzlies, who won 50 games last season, are off to a 5-11 start and have lost five in a row, including four since Brown’s departure.

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Former Golden State Warrior coach Eric Musselman also joined the team as Fratello’s top assistant.

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Boston Celtic guard Paul Pierce apologized to “teammates, the coaching staff and the fans of Boston” for arguing with Coach Doc Rivers after being benched in Wednesday’s victory over Milwaukee for not hustling.... Charlotte Bobcat forward Gerald Wallace suffered a concussion after being elbowed in the face during practice by Tamar Slay. The team said he would miss at least one game.


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