Identifying 5 NBA Coaches Who Will Be Fired Before Season’s End
Identifying Coaches on the Hot Seat
With over a fourth of the 2013-14 NBA season now complete it is becoming more clear every day which teams are pretenders and which are contenders. In the world of professional basketball it can be made sure that the best of the best are normally at or near the top from the start of each season, as the Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs have all displayed. Possibly more than any other sport basketball provides a clear cut view of the teams that are the best in the world, and the 2013-14 season has been no different in this regard.
What is also becoming clear is that there are a number of coaches who are feeling the heat after poor starts to the season, and the annual merry-go-round of coaches will start spinning coming soon. Taking this hot seat into account I have identified five NBA coaches who are sure to be fired before the end of the 2013-14 season.
Each of these coaches has started the season with a poor record and have been rumored to be feeling the heat for the last few weeks, making it both reasonable and likely that they will be fired relatively soon.
There are surely other coaches who have been feeling the heat, but these ones top the list. Enjoy the list and feel free to give feedback on which coaches you feel should be included or those that I have been foolish to include on this list.
5. Tyrone Corbin
After a massive rebuild of the Utah Jazz roster during the summer of 2013 it was clear the organization was not focused on winning this season. With a 7-21 record thus far that is a good thing, but it may not be great for the future of head coach Tyrone Corbin. Corbin was left a lame duck this season after receiving no contract extension, and it appears that first year general manager Dennis Lindsey is not a big fan of the head coach. Expect a change sooner rather than later.
4. Mike Brown
The 2013-14 season was supposed to be the year that Kyrie Irving led the Cleveland Cavaliers to the heights of the LeBron James era, and the hiring of Mike Brown was supposed to help facilitate this. But after getting off to a 9-15 record with over a fourth of the 2013-14 season being played it is clear that those in Cleveland are beginning to worry. With owner Dan Gilbert likely holding out hope of a return of James in the summer of 2014, the team will need to improve their play quickly. It appears that bringing in a new head coach is the move Gilbert is leaning to, and Brown will not survive the first year of his return to Cleveland.
3. Dwane Casey
When the Toronto Raptors hired general manager Masai Ujiri many expected head coach Dwane Casey to be replaced immediately. Surprisingly enough this did not occur, although massive changes to the team's roster did occur with Steve Novak, Greivis Vasquez, and Patrick Patterson all coming in during the summer of 2013. After getting off to a discouraging 9-14 record it is doubtful that Ujiri gained a massive amount of faith in Casey and likely will look to find a guy that fits the style of play he wants the Raptors to have soon.
2. Larry Drew
Heading into the 2013-14 season the Milwaukee Bucks were expected to be a mid level team in the Eastern Conference, but they have been far from it to date. Currently the Bucks have a 5-20 record, sit at the bottom of the East and look lost on the floor as a unit. At some point head coach Larry Drew is going to be held responsible for this dreadful start as ownership cannot afford to wait forever.
1. Mike Woodson
After finishing 54-28 during the 2012-13 season many expected the New York Knicks to take another step forward in 2013-14. Unfortunately the Knicks have gotten off to a dreadful 8-17 start, placing them 12th in the Eastern Conference and leaving star forward Carmelo Anthony rumbling about leaving the team. At some point ever-erratic owner James Dolan will hold head coach Mike Woodson responsible for this poor start and try to persuade Anthony he will do whatever it takes to win a championship. Expect Woodson to see the door sooner rather than later.