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WNBA sees third coaching change this month

SAN ANTONIO -- San Antonio Silver Stars coach Dee Brown
resigned Friday, becoming the third coach in the league to either
step down or be fired this month.

A former NBA player with Boston, Toronto and Orlando, Brown
apologized for the team's 6-18 record.

"I hope that this change will lead the team in a new direction," he said in a statement.

The team said assistants Shell Dailey and Vonn Read will share
head coaching duties for the rest of the season. The announcement
came prior to the team's home game against Phoenix.

The New York Liberty fired coach Richie Adubato July 3 after a
7-9 start. Los Angeles Sparks coach Michael Cooper, who led the
Sparks to WNBA titles in 2001 and 2002, resigned July 6 to become
an assistant with the NBA's Denver Nuggets.

San Antonio was Brown's second coaching stint in the WNBA. His
first head coaching job was with the Miracle, the Orlando Magic's
sister team in 2002, but when the team moved to Connecticut last
year, Brown did not follow them.

During his 12-year NBA career, Brown averaged 11.2 points and led
the league in 3-pointers with 135 in 1989-90.