Phoenix Suns fire coach Earl Watson after 0-3 start

Less than a week after suffering their worst loss in franchise history, the Phoenix Suns have fired coach Earl Watson, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter. 

The Suns opened the season with a 124-76 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, their biggest loss in the team's 49 years. They then gave up 132 points in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers followed by a 42-point defeat to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night. 

Watson was 33-85 since he was hired on Feb. 1, 2016, when he was promoted to interim head coach after the firing of Jeff Hornacek. The Suns went 9-24 in the second half of that campaign, then just 24-58 last season when their tanking effort was unapologetically underway (they landed the third pick of the draft and took Josh Jackson). 

Jay Triano is expected to serve as the Suns' head coach in an interim capacity, ESPN reports

Point guard Eric Bledsoe said it was "embarassing" after their latest loss and then posted an ominous tweet on Sunday. "I don't want to be here," he wrote.

Last year was the first season since 1970-71 that didn't have an in-season firing. 

ESPN first reported Watson's dismissal.

Follow USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick on Twitter @Sam_Amick. 

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