NBA Head Coaches on the Hot Seat
A head coaching gig can be one of the most insecure jobs in the NBA.
According to USA Today, over the past 20 years the average amount of changes in head coaches that occur from one year to the next is 6.5.
Throw in the fact that 12 coaches were let go last season including Coach of the Year George Karl and you truly start to realize that, unfortunately, most don’t have long fruitful careers like legends Gregg Popovich and Phil Jackson.
So with the season wrapping up and the postseason on the horizon, here’s a few coaches that could be let go during the summer due to their team’s shortcomings.
Larry Drew, Milwaukee Bucks
Owner Herb Kohl made it perfectly clear at the start of the season that he had no intent of tanking, truly believing the Bucks could make a postseason run with their current roster.
Unfortunately, things did not go as planned with the team dropping 16 of their first 20 games, eliminating themselves from the playoff hunt pretty early and entering into the draft lottery sweepstakes.
With the numerous injuries to the roster throughout the year, it’s not entirely Larry Drew’s fault for the team’s shortcomings.
However, in a league where expectations are sky high for coaches, it’s appearing he may end up being the scapegoat by the time the season concludes.
Mike D’Antoni, Los Angeles Lakers
If your team’s franchise player doesn’t want you back next year, you know you’re in trouble.
We saw it cost the job of Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy when he and Dwight Howard butted heads, and it’s beginning to look like Mike D’Antoni may share the same fate.
Stars Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol have both openly suggested a coaching change for next season, so to think D’Antoni’s in a safe position is simply ludicrous.
Even Marshall University has prepped for his termination, offering a coaching job if things don’t work out after this year.
Mike Woodson, New York Knicks
Following a successful campaign last season, it appeared the Knicks were finally emerging as one of the elites in the Eastern Conference.
And then… chaos.
All year long New York has struggled severely to secure wins, unable to get over .500 once this season.
With Phil Jackson taking over management, Woodson’s job could be in major jeopardy if Jackson decides he wants a new coach that can implement his legendary triangle offense.
All that Woodson can do now is focus on securing a playoff spot and hopefully wow Jackson enough to let him stay in New York beyond this season.
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