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NBA: Chicago Bulls Fire Coach - 2003-11-24

The National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls have fired head coach Bill Cartwright after the team got off to a poor start in a season that was supposed to bring marked improvement.

The 46-year-old Cartwright coached the young Bulls to a record of four wins and 10 losses this year. He has an overall record of 51-100 since replacing Tim Floyd during the 2001-2002 season. Prior to that, he served for six years as an assistant to Floyd and former Bulls coach Phil Jackson. Cartwright played 17 years in the NBA, including six seasons with the Bulls from 1989 to 1994. He was the team captain on three of Chicago's NBA championship teams.

Pete Myers will be the interim coach of the Bulls, but general manager John Paxson says he is hoping to name a permanent replacement within the next week. Paxson says the team is underperforming and they must find a way to win. He also said Monday there may be more changes ahead.

Cartwright is the second NBA coach to be fired this season, following the Orlando Magic's dismissal of Doc Rivers.