Monday, January 09, 2006


Nine years back Bob Hill was fired as head coach of the San Antonio Spurs and last week only the scenario looked as if never left the league after he debuted as head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics on Wednesday in Chicago and immediately put his impression on the team that had struggled deficiently in the first two months of the season. A former assistant coach in Orlando during the 1993-94 season, Hill joined the Sonics this season as an assistant under veteran Bob Weiss. Hill had been head coach at Fordham University for five seasons before leaving in 2002. In contrast to some midseason coaching changes in the past, Hill has immediately made an impact and has reorganized the Sonics, pleasing some players and irritating others. He made 19-year-old rookie Johan Petro his starting center and 20-year-old Robert Swift off the inactive list and put him into the regular front-court rotation. He put an end to the experiment that he had been conducting with Damien Wilkins at point guard, and re-inserted Luke Ridnour. Vladimir Radmanovic got his first start of the season last week in place of Reggie Evans. The Sonics won 52 games last season and reached the second round of the playoffs. They were just 13-17 when Weiss was fired last week. In San Antonio, Hill coached the Spurs to 62 and 59 victories, but he was fired early the next season when David Robinson sat out with an injury, and the Spurs struggled to a 3-15 start.


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