Sonics fire Weiss
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) – The Seattle SuperSonics fired head coach Bob
Weiss on Tuesday and replaced him with Bob Hill.
Weiss, who will remain with the team in an advisory role, had his club off to
a disappointing 13-17 start in his first season at the helm.
“(Weiss) and I agreed that a change needed to be made to serve as a catalyst
for elevating the performance of our team, and the timing is right for us
today,” said club general manager Rick Sund.
The good news regarding Seattle’s poor start this year is that the team is
still just two games behind Northwest Division-leading Minnesota.
“I’m pleased with this opportunity to help this team,” said Hill, who was
serving as an assistant under Weiss. “This Sonics squad has the talent and
coach Weiss had them setting their goals high. It’s my responsibility now to
help them reach those goals.”
The Sonics were one of the best teams in the league last season, posting a
52-30 mark in the regular season. The team, however, lost in the semifinal
round of the Western Conference playoffs after winning the Northwest Division
and entering the postseason as the three seed.
Weiss, 63, initially joined the Sonics staff as an assistant coach in 1994 and
took over for the departed Nate McMillan this past offseason. McMillan’s
contract ran out with the Sonics and he is now head coach of the Portland
Weiss was originally a member of the Sonics organization as a player when he
became part of the franchise’s 1967 inaugural roster. He has a combined 39
years experience in the NBA, including 27 seasons as a coach.
Hill brings 30-plus years of basketball coaching experience, posting a 257-212
record in 10 seasons as an NBA head coach. His best job on the bench came with
the San Antonio Spurs from 1994-96, compiling a 124-58 mark with a pair of
Hill has also coached the Indiana Pacers and New York Knicks. His most recent
head coaching job was with Fordham University from 1999-2002.