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Vincent fired after one year as Bobcats coach

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Associated Press / April 27, 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Sam Vincent was fired by the Charlotte Bobcats yesterday after one turmoil-filled season as coach.

Part-owner Michael Jordan, who has the final say on basketball decisions, dismissed Vincent less than a year after he gambled by giving him his first NBA head coaching job.

Struggling to find a consistent rotation and clashing with players, Vincent led the Bobcats to a 32-50 record.

"The decision to remove Sam as head coach after just one season was difficult, but it was a decision that had to be made because my first obligation is to do what is in the best interest of our team," Jordan said in a statement.

A team spokesman said Vincent planned to wait until today to talk to reporters.

Vincent's ouster means Larry Brown could quickly become a candidate for the job.

Brown and Jordan have a history from their ties to North Carolina, and Brown's mother lives in Charlotte.

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