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Terry Stotts was fired Wednesday as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, who are struggling this season after injuries to key players.Â
JACKSON:Â NBA TARGETS KOBE
Lakers coach Phil Jackson accused the National Basketball Association of conducting a â€œwitch huntâ€ on Kobe Bryant, who was disciplined for a third time in six weeks.Â Â Â On Monday, the NBA assessed Bryant a flagrant foul 1 penalty for elbowing Philadelphiaâ€™s Kyle Korver in the jaw during last Fridayâ€™s game.Â Bryant has served two one-game suspensions recently for hitting players in the face while shooting.Â Jackson, who was fined $25,000 by the league earlier this season for criticizing the officiating, could be penalized again for the remarks.
The NBA fined Bucks center Andrew Bogut $25,000 on Wednesday for directing an obscene gesture toward fans.Â Bogutâ€™s outburst came near the end of Milwaukeeâ€™s 108-93 loss at home to Toronto on Monday night.Â The No. 1 overall pick in the 2005 draft was ejected after committing a flagrant foul against Torontoâ€™s Chris Bosh with 49 seconds remaining.
The slumping Indiana Pacers are uncertain when Jermaine Oâ€™Neal will return from his knee injury.Â Oâ€™neal has missed three games since an MRI exam last week revealed a sprained left knee.