The Cleveland Cavaliers fired General Manager Chris Grant after the National Basketball Association team slumped to a sixth straight defeat.
The Cavaliers are fourth in the five-team Central Division with a 16-33 record, 22 1/2 games behind the Indiana Pacers.
“Just as this is completely unacceptable to our loyal and passionate fan base, season-ticket holders and corporate partners, it is also just as unacceptable to our ownership group,” Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert said in a statement last night. “We have severely underperformed against expectations.”
Grant’s dismissal came a day after Cleveland lost 119-108 at home to the Los Angeles Lakers, who finished the game with only four eligible players. The Lakers, seeking to end a seven-game losing run, only dressed eight players for the game because of injuries.
With three minutes, 31 seconds remaining, Lakers center Robert Sacre committed his sixth foul. He continued to play, however, because NBA rules mandate that, if a player receives his sixth personal foul and all substitutes already have been disqualified, that player must remain in the game.
Assistant General Manager David Griffin will take interim charge after the departure of Grant, who was named general manager in 2010.
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