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Kings fire coach, name assistant

Garry St. Jean was fired Thursday as coach of the Kings, mired in a seven-game losing streak and fading from the playoff picture.

The Kings picked assistant Eddie Jordan to replace St. Jean, who was in his fifth season. Hall of Famer and former Princeton coach Pete Carril will remain an assistant.

St. Jean, 46, was hired in May 1992 and didn't have a winning season. His best years were 1994-95 and 1995-96, when the Kings were 39-43. His career record with the Kings was 159-236.

Jordan said his goal was to "instill more passion, enthusiasm and play more together."

JOHNSON TO WAIT: Hall of Fame trustees decided not to waive the five-year waiting period for players. Magic Johnson, who played last season, said he wanted the waiver so he could be enshrined in the same year as Larry Bird, who becomes eligible in 1998.