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Derek Fisher out as Los Angeles Sparks head coach and general manager

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Derek Fisher is out as head coach of the Los Angeles Sparks, the team announced Tuesday. The news was first reported by Hoop Social and Howard Megdal of The Next Hoops.

Fisher has been head coach of the Sparks since 2018. He later became the team’s general manager in 2020.

The team started this season 5-7, which puts the Sparks in fourth place in the Western Conference. Last season, the team finished 12-20 and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

Fisher finished with a record of 54-46 through his entire tenure in Los Angeles.

“After a thorough evaluation of the state of our team, the Sparks and GM/Head Coach Derek Fisher have agreed to part ways,” Sparks managing partner Eric Holoman said. “On behalf of our ownership group, I want to thank Derek for his efforts and contributions to the Sparks franchise. 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.”

In the interim, Fred Williams will serve as head coach. He is slated to become the head coach of Auburn women’s basketball following the WNBA season.

“I want to thank the LA Sparks organization, ownership, staff, players, and fans for the opportunity they have afforded me over the last four years as a part of this historic franchise,” Fisher said. “Their support has allowed me to grow as both a coach and front office executive and I am proud of what we have accomplished.

“The Sparks and I have mutually agreed to part ways as I shift my focus back to pursuing other opportunities and private endeavors,” he continued. “It has been an amazing ride and I wish the entire LA sparks organization great success moving forward.”

The team has won three WNBA Championships, but the most recent came in 2016.