Scott fired by division-leading Nets

Updated: January 27, 2004, 12:01 PM ET
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Nets coach Byron Scott, one year removed from taking New Jersey on a second consecutive trip to the NBA Finals, was fired Monday.

"It happens to almost every coach eventually: Your message isn't well received and taken onto the court," team president Rod Thorn said at a news conference announcing the change.

Assistant coach Lawrence Frank will take over on an interim basis and will stay at least through the end of the season, Thorn said. The Nets also hired Brian Hill as an assistant ...

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