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Report: Nets Fire Coach Byron Scott

January 26, 2004

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) _ The New Jersey Nets scheduled a ``major″ news conference Monday amid a report that coach Byron Scott was fired despite taking them to the NBA Finals twice.

Assistant coach Lawrence Frank was expected to replace Scott, ESPN.com reported, citing league sources.

Nets spokesmen would not comment, and a call to Scott’s agent was not immediately returned.

The team was sold last week to developer Bruce Ratner, who plans to move the team to Brooklyn. Scott is in the final year of his contract, and the team wouldn’t give him an extension while the franchise was up for sale.

Scott was ejected during the third quarter of Sunday’s 110-91 victory over the Boston Celtics, which ended a five-game losing streak and kept New Jersey (22-20) from dropping to .500.

The Nets lead the weak Atlantic Division but have been inconsistent throughout the season.

All-Star point guard Jason Kidd clashed with Scott last month after a 47-point loss at Memphis, and Scott led the Nets to five victories in their next six games. That earned him the NBA’s coach of the month award.

Scott holds the franchise record with 149 coaching victories. After a 25-56 record in his first season, the Nets went 52-30 in 2001-02 and 49-33 in 2002-03 _ losing to the Lakers and the Spurs in the finals.

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