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Ex-Lakers star Derek Fisher fired as coach, GM of WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks

Ex-Lakers star Derek Fisher fired as coach, GM of WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks
Former Los Angeles Sparks head coach Derek Fisher, shown March 19, 2015, finished with a 54-46 overall record at the helm of the team. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

June 7 (UPI) -- The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks fired head coach and general manager Derek Fisher on Tuesday, the team announced.

The Sparks said assistant coach Fred Williams will serve as Fisher's interim replacement on the sideline. The organization noted that it will begin its search for a new general manager immediately.

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"On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank Derek for his efforts and contributions to the Sparks franchise," managing partner Eric Holoman said in a statement. "We wish him the best moving forward.

"I have full confidence in Fred Williams to step into the role of interim head coach, bringing a wealth of experience leading WNBA teams."

Hired before the 2019 season, Fisher compiled a 54-46 overall record across three-plus seasons with the Sparks. The team made the playoffs twice during his tenure, but L.A. had just a 1-4 record in those postseason appearances.

The Sparks are trying to bounce back from a 12-20 finish last season in which they missed the postseason for the first time since 2011. Despite the additions of four-time All-Star selection Liz Cambage and Chennedy Carter this past off-season, Los Angeles has just a 5-7 record and sits eighth in the standings to start this season.

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Fisher, who won five NBA championships playing with the Los Angeles Lakers, previously served as head coach of the New York Knicks.

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