Wednesday, January 04, 2006

HIRING AND FIRING OF COACHES

The NBA offered the first sacrifice on its coaching pyre Tuesday when the Seattle SuperSonics burned coach Bob Weiss 30 games into his first season. This is the second coaching change this season after Stan Van Gundy resigned in Miami and was replaced by Shaquille O’Neal…. Pat Riley. This is just the beginning. When the season started there were 10 new coaches in the NBA this season, including Weiss, and three others, George Karl, Avery Johnson and Mike Fratello, starting their first full seasons after replacing fired coaches during last season. Bulls coach Scott Skiles is third in seniority in the Eastern Conference in his second full season. He was hired only months after veterans Eddie Jordan and Rick Carlisle. Only seven NBA coaches have been with their teams longer than Skiles. Only three teams have coaches who have been with their teams longer than the Los Angeles Clippers’ Mike Dunleavy. The Clippers and owner Donald Sterling represent stability in NBA. If you are doubtful you can check their statistics available anywhere on World Wide Web. Sacramento’s Rick Adelman is in his eighth and possibly in last season as a lame duck,. He has been mentioned as the next coach to go. With almost half the league’s coaches being replaced within the last year, it seems improbable there will be another massive pileup this season. Among those who could fall under the wheels of change are: Houston’s Jeff Van Gundy, Boston’s Doc Rivers, Charlotte’s Bernie Bickerstaff, Golden State’s Mike Montgomery, Toronto’s Sam Mitchell, Atlanta’s Mike Woodson and New York’s Larry Brown.

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