5 NBA Head Coaches Who Must Be Fired Before the Season Ends
NBA Head Coaches
In every NBA season, there is at least one head coach or multiple head coaches who do not last the entire year.
While no one as of now has been relieved of their duties, this year is no exception with a number of possible candidates that have not met or have failed to meet lofty preseason expectations.
Not everyone is guaranteed a full season and some of the major coaching moves have changed squads for years to come. Pat Riley was an in-season replacement for Paul Westhead and Riley ultimately built the Los Angeles Lakers dynasty of the 1980s.
The great Don Nelson also did not last the entire 2004-05 season with the Dallas Mavericks, and was replaced by Avery Johnson.
With the 2013-14 season headed towards the All-Star break, and then later on the trade deadline, some teams could effectively restart their seasons or give their current squad a boost with a change at the helm, that will either get their teams moving forward or try to turnaround the bad momentum created in the first half of the season.
While I do advocate, or wish, for any firings of any head coaches because coaching in the NBA is their livelihoods, the NBA (like all sports and competitions) is not a fair business based on compassion and good will. Rather, it is based on winning and continued success for a long period of time.
Here now are my top five current head coaches who have the least likelihood of finishing the 2013-14 regular season where they started in October.
5. Jason Kidd
Jason Kidd came in straight off the court to coach a Brooklyn Nets squad owned by a Russian billionaire in Mikhail Prokhorov, and inherited a team that is ready to contend for a title.
After a disastrous start which included Lawrence Frank's reassignment and the infamous "Soda" episode during a game, the Nets seem to be getting back to where they should have been.
Prokhorov and the Nets did not trade for Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett just to lose in the first round. If the Nets go back to their free falling ways, Kidd will be gone sooner rather than later.
4. Monty Williams
With a tremendous amount of young talent and playoff expectations for the 2013-14 season, the New Orleans Pelicans and Monty Williams have taken some steps back.
New Orleans is only 16-25 this season with a 1-9 mark in the past 10 games, suggesting to some extent that the team may be losing confidence in Williams or the direction of the team.
If this slide does not turn around quickly, Williams, unfortunately, will not be around to finish what he started in 2010-11.
3. Tyrone Corbin
Tyrone Corbin was nowhere near going to be able to replace Hall of Famer Jerry Sloan after the former coach resigned in 2010.
The Utah Jazz's only appearance in the postseason under Corbin was in a lockout season as the eight seed in the Western Conference in 2011-12.
Playing with mostly youngsters and players who have cap-friendly contracts does not all fall on Corbin. With most of the fan base hoping that the Jazz tank this season, Corbin will take the brunt of the blame. Without an extension in tact for Corbin, the odds that he will not finish out this season are unfortunately good.
2. Rick Adelman
Rick Adelman's Minnesota Timberwolves teams have been high on potential, yet low in results. With Kevin Love's frequent criticism of the team for displaying poor effort, Adelman may be the fall guy for all the disappointment that has been the 2013-14 season.
Adelman has seemingly lost the locker room and his star player, and an immediate change is in order not just to turn around this season, but to start rebuilding for the future with a young coach that can connect with today's younger players.
1. Mike Brown
This second time around for Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers is not getting any better anytime soon.
The Andrew Bynum signing was a complete disaster, and the rising situation of Dion Waiters and him not wanting to be there suggests locker room friction.
The disappointing play of No. 1 pick Anthony Bennett also doesn't bode well for coach Brown.
If the team is in serious discussions for a LeBron James reunion in the 2014 free agency sweepstakes, the fist move would be to cut ties with the coach who did not get LeBron over the hump his first time around in Cleveland.