CLEVELAND — George Karl was fired Sunday as coach of the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. The firing came the day after Cleveland lost, 102-100, at home to the New Jersey Nets.
Cleveland has lost three straight games and five of the last six, but still is the leading contender for the final playoff spot in the NBA Eastern Conference.
Karl, 34, guided the Cavaliers to a 25-42 record this season. Gene Littles, an assistant coach under Karl, takes over the duties on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.
Cavalier General Manager Harry Weltman, in making the announcement, said Karl was told last Monday that his contract would not be renewed after the season ended. On Thursday of last week, Karl interviewed for a basketball coaching position at the University of Pittsburgh.