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CLIPPERS FINALLY NAME NEW COACH - WEISS

The Los Angeles Clippers, spurned by Lenny Wilkens and Hubie Brown, hired Bob Weiss as coach on Wednesday.

Weiss, fired by the Atlanta Hawks after last season, takes the post vacated when Larry Brown resigned to become coach of the Indiana Pacers.Weiss, 51, was interviewed early in the selection process by the Clippers. The club went back to him this week after Hubie Brown decided to remain a television basketball commentator.

Wilkens apparently was on the verge of taking the Clippers job but abruptly changed his mind and instead took Weiss' former job with the Hawks.

Weiss prefers an up-tempo, wide-open offense, an approach that fits what the Clippers have been trying to establish.

He coached Atlanta for three seasons, and his extensive NBA experience includes a stint as an assistant under Gene Shue with the Clippers when the franchise was located in San Diego.

He also coached the San Antonio Spurs from 1986 until being fired in 1988 and replaced by Larry Brown. Weiss was an assistant with the Orland Magic in 1989-90.

He has a career record of 183-227 in five years as a coach.