Eric Musselman was fired yesterday after just two seasons as coach of the Golden State Warriors. He will be replaced by Stanford's Mike Montgomery, a source told the Associated Press.
Musselman told the AP in a phone interview that he received the news of the firing from executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin.
Stanford spokesman Gary Migdol told the AP that Montgomery met with his players Wednesday to discuss the Warriors' situation. A Pac-10 source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Montgomery told the players he accepted the job.
Calls to Golden State officials were not immediately returned. Montgomery could not be immediately reached to comment.
The Warriors missed the playoffs for the 10th straight year in an injury-plagued season, finishing 37-45.
"It's been a great two years. The players have played their hearts out," Musselman said last night. "The organization's headed in a great direction."
The hiring of the team's ninth coach since 1994 is the first big move made by Mullin since he took over the team last month.
Montgomery has been one of the most successful college coaches during his 18 years at Stanford, but has no NBA experience. He led the Cardinal to their third No. 1 NCAA tournament seed in five years this season, but Stanford was upset in the second round by Alabama. Musselman was 75-89 overall.
-- Associated Press