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10 College Basketball Coaches Who Flopped in the NBA

10 College Basketball Coaches Who Didn't Enjoy Success in the NBA

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John Calipari to the Los Angeles Lakers rumors are running rampant right now. It's hard to see the highly successful college coach making another jump to the NBA, but you certainly can't rule it out.

But with the topic of college coaches who failed in the NBA in mind, let's take a look at 10 notable CBB coaches who flopped at the next level:

1. Reggie Theus

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1. Reggie Theus

Reggie Theus

Theus made the jump from New Mexico to the Sacramento Kings back in 2007. His NBA coaching career lasted just 106 games.

2. Mike Montgomery

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2. Mike Montgomery

Mike Montgomery

Montgomery left Stanford for the Golden State Warriors back in the mid-2000s, then returned to the college ranks after just two seasons. He recently retired after coaching Cal for six years.

3. P.J. Carlesimo

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3. P.J. Carlesimo

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P.J. Carlesimo has a great basketball mind, but he just never enjoyed success in the NBA like he did in college at Seton Hall. Carlesimo is currently out of coaching all together, working for ESPN as an analyst.

4. Tim Floyd

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4. Tim Floyd

Tim Floyd

Floyd took on the most difficult job in NBA history -- taking over for Phil Jackson in Chicago, after Scottie Pippen and Michael Jordan left town. Floyd posted a miserable 49-190 record during his time in the pros.

5. Leonard Hamilton

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5. Leonard Hamilton

Leonard Hamilton

Hamilton can call himself one of Michael Jordan's failed moves as an NBA executive. He was lured away from Miami back in 2000 to coach the Wizards, but he only lasted one season. That'll happen when you only manage to win 19 games.

6. Lon Kruger

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6. Lon Kruger

Buddy Hield

Kruger coached the Atlanta Hawks from 2000-2003, but he only managed to win 69 games during his tenure. Now he's back in college where he belongs.

7. John Calipari

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7. John Calipari

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Could coach Cal jump to the NBA and fail again? It's possible, but there's no way he'll do as poorly as he did back in the 90s with the Nets. He won just 72 games in over two seasons of work and never won a playoff game.

8. Mike Dunlap

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8. Mike Dunlap

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Dunlap was a career-assistant coach in college. He'd never had a head coaching gig, so of course MJ and Bobcats offered him one in 2013. Dunlap went 21-61 and was shown the door.

9. Jerry Tarkanian

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9. Jerry Tarkanian

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The legendary UNLV coach had one heck of a failed stint in the NBA. He lasted just 20 games of the 1992 season before he got canned.

10. Rick Pitino

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10. Rick Pitino

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To be fair, Pitino had two okay seasons with the Knicks back in the late 80s before moving on to Kentucky. But when he returned to the NBA to coach the Celtics in 1997, he failed big time. In four years with Celtics, his best season was his first, where he won just 36 games.