5 NBA Head Coaches Who Won't Last Beyond This Season

By Brad Berreman
5 NBA Head Coaches Who Won\'t Last Beyond This Season
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5 NBA Head Coaches Who Won't Make It Past This Season

5 NBA Head Coaches Who Won't Make It Past This Season Credit: Gary A. Vasquez USA TODAY Sports
In the coming months, as the season winds down, speculation about the job status of NBA head coaches will surely surface. Teams that are finishing bad or disappointing seasons, right or wrong, will look to shake things up by making a coaching change. Here are five NBA head coaches who won't make it past this season.

5 NBA Head Coaches Who Won't Make It Past This Season

In the coming months, as the season winds down, speculation about the job status of NBA head coaches will surely surface. Teams that are finishing bad or disappointing seasons, right or wrong, will look to shake things up by making a coaching change. Here are five NBA head coaches who won't make it past this season.

5. Dave Joerger, Memphis Grizzlies

Dave Joerger, Memphis Grizzlies Credit: Nelson Chenault USA TODAY Sports
The Grizzlies' slow start put Joerger on the hot seat, though they have won three of their last four games to go over .500 (19-17) for the season. But his status always seems to be tenuous, including a near-firing in May of 2014, so a disappointing season for Memphis stands to bring Joerger's firing after the season.

5. Dave Joerger, Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies' slow start put Joerger on the hot seat, though they have won three of their last four games to go over .500 (19-17) for the season. But his status always seems to be tenuous, including a near-firing in May of 2014, so a disappointing season for Memphis stands to bring Joerger's firing after the season.

4. George Karl, Sacramento Kings

George Karl, Sacramento Kings Credit: Kyle Terada USA TODAY Sports
Karl's relationship with DeMarcus Cousins is a nearly constant talking point, and the team is just not very good. An unpredictable owner and overall power structure may bring Karl's firing at season's end, or he may simply choose to resign.

4. George Karl, Sacramento Kings

Karl's relationship with DeMarcus Cousins is a nearly constant talking point, and the team is just not very good. An unpredictable owner and overall power structure may bring Karl's firing at season's end, or he may simply choose to resign.

3. Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns Credit: Jeffrey Swinger USA TODAY Sports
The Suns' ineptitude this season is not all Hornacek's fault, and probably goes above him to some degree, but the recent firing of two assistant coaches is a bad sign. His contract option for 2016-17 was also not picked up prior to the season, so Hornacek is not long for the head job in Phoenix.

3. Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix Suns

The Suns' ineptitude this season is not all Hornacek's fault, and probably goes above him to some degree, but the recent firing of two assistant coaches is a bad sign. His contract option for 2016-17 was also not picked up prior to the season, so Hornacek is not long for the head job in Phoenix.

2. Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn Nets

Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn Nets Credit: Brad Penner USA TODAY Sports
Questions about Hollins' jobs security surfaced early last season, and that talk has not gone away so far in his second season as head coach of the Nets. It's unclear if Hollins is the guy to lead a possible rebuild, so a change could easily come in Brooklyn.

2. Lionel Hollins, Brooklyn Nets

Questions about Hollins' jobs security surfaced early last season, and that talk has not gone away so far in his second season as head coach of the Nets. It's unclear if Hollins is the guy to lead a possible rebuild, so a change could easily come in Brooklyn.

1. Byron Scott, Los Angeles Lakers

Byron Scott, Los Angeles Lakers Credit: Jennifer Stewart USA TODAY Sports
The Lakers weren't expected to be good this year, so their record (8-27 thus far) won't be what gets Scott fired. But the way he has handled the team's young players, including most recently singling out Julius Randle's defensive effort, will be more than enough to earn a Scott a pink slip soon after the season is over.

1. Byron Scott, Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers weren't expected to be good this year, so their record (8-27 thus far) won't be what gets Scott fired. But the way he has handled the team's young players, including most recently singling out Julius Randle's defensive effort, will be more than enough to earn a Scott a pink slip soon after the season is over.

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