5 NBA Head Coaches On The Hot Seat Heading Into 2013-14 Season
The NBA Hot Seat Entering 2013-14 Season
While it may seem to some that LeBron James and the Miami Heat just completed an epic NBA Finals win over the San Antonio Spurs it is official that basketball is almost back. Yes preseason play has started, and the regular season is due to begin on October 19.
Heading into the 2013-14 season a number of teams will look vastly different, both for better and worse. The result of this is that most coaches are going to be given a free pass to figure out how to best configure their current crop of players to produce wins. After all it would be unfair to deem that a coach is not the man to continue in charge after only a brief period.
Or so one would think.
Just last year the Los Angeles Lakers ditched Mike Brown only five games into the season, setting the standard to show that no coach is safe. The thinking behind this is that why wait until a team is truly stuck in a rut to make a change that comes too late when you could have gotten the problem out of the way much earlier? Of course a change does not always work out, but in the basketball world it is better to say you tried than look back in regret.
This type of thinking will have a number of executives looking for blood before the 2013-14 season ever begins and will inevitably have a number of coaches feeling the need to produce early. With this in mind we have formed a list of the five NBA hot coaches who are on the hot seat heading into the 2013-14 season.
5. Tyrone Corbin
Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin has been dealt the prospect of a miserable 2013-14 season, as after losing Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap and Mo Williams during the offseason it is clear his roster is quite weak. When this loss of impact talent is combined with the fact that Corbin is entering a contract year as a lame duck it is easy to see why he could see the door rather quickly.
4. Scott Brooks
On the surface of things one might wonder how Scott Brooks could plausibly be on the hot seat after taking the Oklahoma City Thunder to four straight playoff appearances and a spot in the NBA Finals in 2012. The answer to those wondering is that Brooks has been unable to get a group led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook over the top, and it is feared that the clock may be ticking on how long both will stay together. Of course winning could change that, but a slow start could lead the Thunder's management to decide a different person is needed on the bench to get this group over the hump.
3. Terry Stotts
Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts will enter the 2013-14 season as the victim of immensely high expectations for a team that won a mere 33 games. During the offseason Portland's management made a number of shrewd moves to sure up an underwhelming bench -- picking up Robin Lopez, CJ McCollum, Thomas Robinson, Dorell Wright, Earl Watson, and Mo Williams -- and team owner Paul Allen has made it clear he expects a playoff spot this season. A poor start to the season could have both him and fans panicking which could lead Allen to a quick trigger on his coach.
2. Randy Wittman
After receiving a by on an unsightly 29-53 record because of an early season injury to star John Wall during the 2012-13 season, it is obvious the heat will be on Washington Wizards head coach Randy Wittman heading into the 2013-14 season. Owner Ted Leonsis intensified this pressure by stating over the summer that he expects a playoff appearance this season. A poor start of the season will surely see Wittman packing his bags, and rightly so.
1. Mike D'Antoni
As Los Angeles Lakers head coach one must accept that they are constantly on the hot seat, and Mike D'Antoni is no different. After an extremely disappointing 2012-13 season, when the Lakers went 45-37 during the regular season before being swept out of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs, even if Dwight Howard did skip town during the offseason. An inability to get Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on the same page rather quickly will have D'Antoni on his way out of town.