The Sonics fired coach Bob Hill and reassigned general manager Rick Sund on Tuesday afternoon.No big shocker here. The only surprise is they didn't do it four months ago. (Of course, that would have meant the owners were interested in winning in Seattle which, obviously, they weren't.)
Team chairman Clay Bennett made the announcement in a statement sent to media outlets. Bennett and Sonics vice-chairman Lenny Wilkens will lead the search for a new coach and GM, the statement said.
Sund, who has a year remaining on his contract, will serve as a consultant next season.
"Bob Hill and Rick Sund are fine individuals of excellent personal character and are basketball men through and through," Bennett said in the statement. "They were both extremely helpful to us during the challenging year of transition."
The Sonics completed their season Wednesday with a 31-51 record. Only four NBA teams had fewer victories.
Tuesday, April 24
Seattle Sonics fire Hill, "reassign" Sund
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