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Merry Christmas!

I doubt anyone's surprised that Scott Skiles got fired, but doing it on Christmas Eve just seems mean. What's more, the team was actually improving -- they started 2-10 and they're 9-16 now, so the new coach may well wind up getting credit for an improvement that was already happening.

Meanwhile, John Paxson might want to consider firing himself. I supported the Ben Wallace signing at the time, but it obviously hasn't worked out very well. But trading away Tyson Chandler for nothing never made sense on any level. Then I've never heard of a team flirting with so many deals to acquire a superstar and then come away with nothing.