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Del Harris, who spent 50 seasons as a basketball coach including 1,013 games as an NBA head coach, has retired, the Chicago Bulls said Tuesday. Harris, who turns 72 this month, left the staff of Bulls Coach Vinny Del Negro this week, ending a professional career that began in 1976 with Houston.
Eddie Jordan was introduced Monday as coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers. Last weekend, team officials confirmed they had reached an agreement with Jordan, 54.
Dwight Howard had 40 points and 14 rebounds Saturday to lead the Orlando Magic to a 103-90 win over Cleveland and the Eastern Conference title. The Magic will visit the Los Angeles Lakers Thursday for the opening game of the NBA Finals. Rashard Lewis added 18 points for Orlando, which reached the NBA Finals for only the second time.
The Philadelphia 76ers hired Eddie Jordan on Friday to be the team's new head coach, a report on csnphilly.com said. The report said the 76ers and Jordan have agreed to a three-year deal.
Cleveland's LeBron James was a unanimous choice for the All-NBA First Team, which included Los Angeles's Kobe Bryant for the seventh time in eight seasons. Along with James and Bryant, Orlando's Dwight Howard, Dallas's Dirk Nowitzki and Miami's Dwyane Wade were voted to the first team. James, who was also selected as the NBA's most valuable player this season, was the only unanimous choice.
Indiana forward Danny Granger, who finished fifth in the league in scoring average, was voted the NBA's most improved player for this past season. Granger was listed first on 48 ballots and totaled 364 points in the voting, the NBA announced Tuesday.
Alvin Gentry has reached a three-year agreement to become the head coach of the NBA's Phoenix Suns, the team said Saturday. Gentry had been named interim head coach after Terry Porter was fired at the All-Star break.
The Sacramento Kings cleaned house Thursday, firing interim Coach Kenny Natt and all five assistant coaches after a franchise-worst 17-65 record this season. Natt became interim coach Dec.
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