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Phoenix Suns fire coach Earl Watson after horrid 0-3 start

Eric Bledsoe, Earl Watson

After an 0-3 start to their 2017-18 NBA season, the Phoenix Suns have fired head coach Earl Watson, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The Suns also expect to name assistant coach Jay Triano as the interim head coach of the Suns. Triano previously coached the Toronto Raptors to a combined 87-142 record from 2008-2011.

The Suns came out of the gates ice cold and lacking focus, falling to the Portland Trail Blazers in their home opener on Wednesday night by 48 points and trailing by as many as 58 points in the second half. Phoenix then lost a close game to the Los Angeles Lakers in which they played absolutely no defense and allowed guard Lonzo Ball to go off for 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists in the two point loss to their division rival. The end then came for Watson following the next game, where his Suns lost to the LA Clippers by 42 points and looked completely disengaged and disinterested in the game.

Earlier today, Suns starting guard Eric Bledsoe tweeted out that he “Dont wanna be here,” but no context was provided as to what exactly he was talking about. Many assumed it was about the Suns following their bad start, but players have been known to tweet out controversial things to create a little drama.

Watson took over for former coach Jeff Hornacek in February of 2016, and compiled a 33-85 record in his year and a half as the head coach of the Suns.