Mark Price shocked after losing coaching job


mark-price-charlotteCharlotte has fired former NBA standout Mark Price after two-plus seasons, the school said in a statement, ESPN reported.

Price had a 30-42 mark since taking over the 49ers program, including a 16-20 record in Conference USA play. Charlotte is 3-6 this season and on a four-game losing streak.

The 53-year-old Price told ESPN that he was shocked by the school’s decision.

“We appreciate all that coach Price has done for our program,” athletic director Judy Rose said in a statement. “His background and knowledge were assets to our young players and we appreciate him sharing his talents with our team. This was a difficult decision, especially as we make plans to open conference play, but we do feel it is in the best interest of our basketball program.”

Price signed a five-year deal in 2015 worth $500,000 per season. The four-time NBA All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers had previously been an assistant coach at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, and for the Denver Nuggets, Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets.

Price spent 9 seasons with the Cleveland Cavs, as well as his last three NBA seasons with Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors and Orlando Magic.

The 6 foot guard averaged 15.2 ppg and 6.7 apg in his NBA career, shooting 47 percent from the field, 40 from 3-point line and 90 percent from free throw line (led the NBA 3 times).

Price appeared in total of 722 NBA games (starting in 578). He was named to NBA All-Star team four times (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994), and also played for the USA Dream Team II.

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