INGLEWOOD, Calif. AP) _ The Los Angeles Lakers, mired at .500 12 games through the abbreviated NBA season, fired coach Del Harris today.

Jerry West, the team's vice president of basketball operations, said that one of two assistants _ Kurt Rambis or Larry Drew _ will handle the coaching duties for the rest of the season.

The team, which has lost three straight made the announcement as it was adding Dennis Rodman to what on paper is one of the more talented teams in the league.