Ayers' firing premature

Former 76ers' coach Randy Ayers was given a difficult job at the beginning of the season and should've been given a chance to complete it.

Updated: February 10, 2004, 8:28 PM ET
By Dr. Jack Ramsay | Special to ESPN.com

I'm disappointed former Philadelphia 76ers head coach Randy Ayers didn't get a longer chance to lead this team. This was a difficult job for a rookie coach to take because of the environment and player styles and personalities. But he'd proven he could coach with success at the collegiate level (Ohio State) and he was Larry Brown's assistant for six years. Also, Ayers has a good grasp of the NBA game and is a good teacher so I'm slightly puzzled as to why he would be let go after only 52 games. ...

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