Phoenix Suns fire coach Earl Watson after 0-3 start to season

There were no coaches fired during the 2016-17 season, but it's taken less than a week for one to be let go this season. 

After an 0-3 start, the Phoenix Suns have reportedly fired head coach Earl Watson, the team announced late Sunday. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the firing.

Earlier on Sunday, Eric Bledsoe tweeted, "I don't wanna be here," and there was a report that Watson was set to meet with Suns owner Robert Sarver. And now, as the dust appears to be settling, the Suns need a new coach. Jay Triano, 59, is likely to assume interim coaching duties, according to Wojnarowski. Triano was currently serving as an associate coach prior to the firing of Watson.

After the Suns fired Jeff Hornacek during the 2015-16 season, Watson was named interim head coach. Despite finishing the season with just a 9-24 record, the team signed him to a three-year deal during April of 2016. Obviously, that has proven to be a mistake. While the Suns haven't been set up to win in recent years, they also haven't shown much improvement, which, coupled with an embarrassing start to this season, meant Watson's time was up.

Over the three separate seasons he was in charge, including this season, Watson lead the Suns to a 33-85 record. This is the second-fastest firing of a coach in NBA history. In 1971, the Buffalo Braves fired Dolph Schayes after just one game at the helm. 

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