The Nets fired coach Lawrence Frank on Sunday after losing their first 16 games. Assistant Tom Barrise coached Sunday's loss to the Lakers, the Nets' 17th that tied the NBA record. A permanent replacement hasn't been determined.
Frank, dismissed with a 225-241 record, began his career with a 13-game winning streak, the best coaching start in league history. The Nets made the playoffs in each of his first four seasons before slashing payroll.
"He wasn't dealt a royal flush," said Rafer Alston, who joined the Nets in the June trade that sent star scorer Vince Carter to the Magic and gutted the Nets' payroll. "It's almost like he had a pair of 2's, and he tried to fight."
•Speaking to reporters before Sunday's game against the Spurs, 76ers coach Eddie Jordan acknowledged Allen Iverson has been discussed - a change from comments made hours earlier, when Jordan said he certainly "had not talked to anyone about Allen Iverson." Point guard Lou Williams is expected to be out eight weeks after undergoing jaw surgery.
•Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y, is urging the NBA to intervene and stop Adidas from moving production of the NBA's uniforms to Thailand or to pull out of its contract.