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Sonics extend Bob Hill's coaching

SEATTLE, April 17 (UPI) -- The Seattle SuperSonics Monday exercised the contractual option for Coach Bob Hill for the 2006-07 season.

"Based on the progress we've made as a team over the last third of the season, Bob is the best candidate to get the Sonics back to the playoffs next year," said Seattle GM Rick Sund.

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"The playoffs are still our No. 1 goal. It's important for the players and assistant coaches to know that Bob is going to be the head coach next season. We continue to move forward as a team in a positive direction for next season."

Hill took over for Coach Bob Weiss on Jan. 3, compiling a 21-29 record, despite constant roster upheaval throughout the season.

In 11 NBA seasons as a head coach, Hill has a record of 278-241 with San Antonio, Indiana and New York. Hill also has international experience, coaching the 1988-89 Italian Cup champion Vitrus Knorr.

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