New San Antonio Spurs chairman B.J. "Red" McCombs Tuesday fired head coach Bob Weiss in his first move since taking control of the struggling NBA franchise.
McCombs, at a hastily called news conference, said he had not yet chosen a new coach but that he was talking to former Spurs coach Stan Albeck, who now is head coach at Bradley University."I am giving Stan serious consideration, but I also plan to talk to some others," he said. "By this time next week, this should be totally concluded."
McCombs declined to say why he fired Weiss, a former Dallas Mavericks assistant.
"I feel like it was just best at this time to make a change," McCombs said. "I don't know what the contractural obligation is but it does have some time to run."
Although McCombs refused to name other candidates for the job, sources told the San Antonio Light newspaper Tuesday that Larry Brown, who coached Kansas to the national championship this year, was the top candidate on McCombs' wish list.
Brown said he had not spoken directly to McCombs about the vacancy.
Other longshots for the job include a pair of former Spurs with NBA coaching experience, George Karl and Allan Bristow, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
Karl is looking for a head coaching position after being fired by the Golden State Warriors this past season. Bristow, an assistant coach at Denver, is the man McCombs supported two years ago when the Spurs instead opted for Weiss.
The Spurs, suffering a dismal attendance record in recent years, this year finished 31-51 in the Midwest Division and were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.