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Grizzlies fire Hill
The GrizzliesBy: SacRock
KingsCourt Columnist

The Vancouver Grizzlies, after a close loss to the Sacramento Kings, announced that they had fired head coach Brian Hill. Brian Hill continuously struggled as the Grizzlies head coach. His overall record with the club was 31-123. Hill was 4-18 this season; the Grizzlies are in dead last in the West. Brian Hill previously coached the Orlando Magic for 3 years, going 191-104. Replacing Hill as the head coach is assistant coach Lionel Hollins. Hollins was named interim head coach for the remainder of the season. Hollins has been an assistant coach for the Grizzlies since their inagural season in 1995. "Lionel is well-respected by our players and brings continuity to the position," Grizzlies GM Stu Jackson said. "This is his opportunity to shape the team based on his own coaching philisophies." Prior to assisting the Grizzlies, Hollins was an assistant coach for the Phoenix Suns. "I believe this team has the talent level to play better and the capability to compete harder and I felt that a coaching change was necessary in order to facilitate improvement," Stu Jackson said.

Big Dog Gets Big Deal
RobinsonBy: SacRock
KingsCourt Columnist

Glenn Robinson, nicknamed "Big Dog", signed a 1-year, $12 million extension with the Milwaukee Bucks. In 1994, Robinson was the first overall pick in the draft and signed a 10-year, $68 million rookie contract with the Bucks. His newest deal will kick in after his current one ends and will keep him in Milwaukee through the 2004-2005 season. Despite rumors, Bucks GM Ernie Grunfeld denied that he would trade Robinson and proved Big Dog's importance to the team with this contract extension. Glenn Robinson is 8th on the Bucks all-time scoring list and has led the Bucks in scoring in 4 of his 5 seasons with the team. He is currently leading the Bucks in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game. Bucks coach George Karl has been impressed with how Robinson has adjusted to playing in a 10-man rotation which gives Robinson less playing time. During Glenn Robinson's rookie season, he averaged 21.9 ppg and 6.4 rpg while hitting 80% of his free throws and 32% of his 3-pointers.

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