The Grizzlies, the worst team in the Western Conference, fired coach Brian Hill yesterday. Assistant Lionel Hollins will replace Hill on an interim basis. The announcement was made prior to the team's morning practice, at which Hollins and President and GM Stu Jackson addressed the team.
The Grizzlies (4-18) lost their fourth straight game Wednesday night, 109-106 to the Kings. The team is 1-15 in its last 16 games and has lost six straight at home.
Hill was in his third season with the Grizzlies. He was hired after being dismissed in the middle of the 1996-97 season by the Magic, which he led to the NBA Finals in 1995.
Hollins, the starting point guard with the 1977 NBA champion Trail Blazers, is the only member of the coaching staff left from the Grizzlies' inaugural season in 1995.
Prior to joining the Grizzlies, he served seven years as an assistant with the Suns.
* FINED: The NBA fined Raptors F-C Antonio Davis $5,000 for making an obscene gesture toward the stands in Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
Davis, who was traded by the Pacers to the Raptors last summer, made the gesture with 5 minutes 50 seconds left in the fourth quarter of the game in Toronto.
* ACTIVATED: The Warriors activated F Donyell Marshall (tendinitis, left knee) from the injured list and waived G Chris Carr.