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New Coaches Have Changed Very Little

By Ivan Carter
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, December 14, 2008

PHILADELPHIA, Dec. 13 -- The 76ers became the fifth team to fire its head coach this season when they replaced Maurice Cheeks with assistant general manager Tony DiLeo early Saturday, but fans of Philadelphia (10-14) might not want to raise their expectations too much.

None of the previous four teams that fired a coach has seen a major improvement.

Following their loss to Philadelphia on Saturday, the Wizards are now 3-7 since Eddie Jordan was replaced by Ed Tapscott on Nov. 24, after a 1-10 start. Oklahoma City is 1-10 since replacing P.J. Carlesimo with Scott Brooks after a 1-12 start, Minnesota is 0-3 since vice president of basketball operations Kevin McHale replaced Randy Wittman after a 4-15 start. Toronto is 2-3 since Jay Triano stepped in for Sam Mitchell after an 8-9 start.

Daniels Joins Hornets

Former Wizard Antonio Daniels, who was traded to New Orleans in the deal that brought Javaris Crittenton and Mike James to Washington, suited up for the Hornets at Boston on Friday night but did not see any action.

In time, Daniels likely will have a role as the backup to all-star Chris Paul. He could see action Sunday at Toronto.

"This is a very good basketball team that has one of the top point guards in the league," Daniels told the New Orleans Times-Picayune. "I'm a pass-first point guard, and my concern is to do whatever I can to help the team. From the moment I stepped on the bus, these guys welcomed me."

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