5 Playoff Bound Coaches Who Will Most Likely Not Return Next Season

Playoff Bound Coaches Who Will Most Likely Not Return Next Season

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Last season, nobody would have guessed that Lionel Hollins and reigning Coach of the Year George Karl would be out of the job following the 2012-13 NBA playoffs, but it happened. Now, lets take a look at the top five head coaches who will receive the same fate after this season.

5. Erik Spoelstra

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5. Erik Spoelstra

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Having signed a contract extension before the 2013-14 season, Erik Spoelstra's hot seat might be as cool as it ever has been. However, if the Miami Heat take a very early exit from the postseason, anything is possible when the team president is the demanding Pat Riley.

4. Kevin McHale

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4. Kevin McHale

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Kevin McHale has always flirted with the idea of stepping down as head coach of the Houston Rockets since taking the job in 2011. With only one more year left on his four-year contract, McHale or the Rockets management could decide to part ways before his deal is up. But in any case, it wouldn't be a bad bet to bet against McHale's return next season.

3. Terry Stotts

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3. Terry Stotts

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It is never a good sign when Terry Stotts' coaching staff questions the possibility of their return to the Portland Trail Blazers. Stotts, who is in his last year of his contract, has not been assured by management that he will return to the Trail Blazers for the 2014-15 season. If the Trail Blazers fail to make any noise in the playoffs, expect a new head coach in Portland.

2. Mark Jackson

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2. Mark Jackson

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After the reassignment of Brian Scalabrine and firing of Darren Erman, assistant coaches are dropping like flies for head coach Mark Jackson and the Golden State Warriors. And with the Warriors failing to make any drastic improvements from last season, Jackson's days are clearly numbered in Oakland.

1. Frank Vogel

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1. Frank Vogel

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When the Indiana Pacers started the regular season at 9-0, head coach Frank Vogel looked like one of the top coaches in the NBA. But ever since their great start, nothing has gone right for the Pacers. It is so bad in Indiana that Vogel had to bench his entire starting five just to make a statement to his team. Vogel is clearly a lock to go unless the Pacers can somehow make it to the NBA Finals.

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