The Philadelphia 76ers, playing inconsistently in a season marked by injuries and major personnel changes, Monday fired Coach Matt Guokas and replaced him with assistant Jim Lynam.
Lynam will coach the team for the remainder of the season. Owner Harold Katz said Lynam, who coached the Clippers in both San Diego and Los Angeles in 1983-84, will remain coach if the 76ers improve.
"I'm rooting for Jimmy to make it work," Katz said. "I felt the change had to be made at this time. If he can make it work, he'll have the job next year."
Guokas, who signed a two-year contract last May, was hired as the 76ers' coach in June 1985 after Billy Cunningham resigned. In 2 1/2 seasons, he compiled a 119-88 record.