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NBA coaching carousel starts to spin

By Tim Reynolds

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, April 18 2013 11:01 p.m. MDT

FILE - I(n this Oct. 17, 2012 file photo, Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins, left and Cleveland Cavaliers coach Byron Scott talk before the start of their NBA preseason basketball game in Philadelphia. The Cavaliers have fired Scott after three losing seasons. Collins has resigned after three seasons. (AP Photo H. Rumph Jr., File)

Associated Press

The first time Byron Scott was fired, Lawrence Frank took his job. Now they're both looking for work, and the NBA's coaching carousel is already spinning in three cities.

Scott was fired by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Frank was ousted by the Detroit Pistons and Doug Collins resigned as coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, all three Thursday, a day after the end of the regular season.

And now the wait continues to see what happens in other cities, such as Sacramento, Toronto and maybe even Atlanta.

"There's a lot of things I want to enjoy," Collins said. "I think it's every man's dream to be able to live that life that you've worked so hard to try and live. That's what I want to do."

All three of the coaches who were packing their offices Thursday missed the playoffs in the Eastern Conference, after leading teams that combined for records of 87-159.

Collins essentially chose his own fate, though he could have stayed on the 76ers' sideline if he was so inclined with one year and $4.5 million left on his contract. He will remain with Philadelphia as an adviser and will surely play a role in what the team decides to do with its roster this summer.

Scott and Frank were probably the two coaches most likely to face firings in this offseason.

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