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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

NBA Coaches Falling

TORONTO -- Citing philosophical differences, general manager Isiah Thomas of the Toronto Raptors fired head coach Brendan Malone, while New Jersey did the same to Butch Beard.


Malone led the expansion NBA team to a 21-61 record in its first season. Thomas said Malone will be replaced by assistant coach Darrell Walker.


Malone, who turned 54 on Sunday, was fired because he and Thomas differed throughout the season on the use of the younger players on the team.


Beard was fired as Nets coach just two days after the NBA team finished its second straight dismal 30-win season.