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Report: Pistons fired 15 people

The Detroit Pistons fired 15 people two weeks ago, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press.

The person, who wasn't authorized to speak about the team's moves, spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity.

The Pistons, who were sold last month to investor Tom Gores, declined comment.

The Charlotte Bobcats also cut staff, laying off at least seven employees in the past week, including radio play-by-play announcer Scott Lauer.

The Bobcats, owned by Michael Jordan, axed Lauer, director of corporate communications Michael Thompson, manager of community relations Kim Beal and others in sales and business operations.

The job losses come as NBA owners have locked out the players after failing to reach a new collective bargaining agreement, shutting down the league for what could be a protracted work stoppage that threatens the start of the 2011-12 season.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this report.