“I think right now, the 13 changes have scared a lot of coaches,” said Karl, who is working as an ESPN analyst now. “When you have three coaches who won 57, 56 and 56 get dismissed, and move on, it’s just difficult to understand. You have nine new coaches who have never coached an NBA game, and I am not saying there are not nine assistant coaches who are qualified to be good head coaches, but I just think the whole puzzle right now is, it’s too much. It’s too much change, it’s too much drastic reaction to failure and I think the pendulum will swing back to more realistic opinion of it all.”
Leadership, in a business context, requires the support of the executive leaders (team owner's supporting their coach) towards a united philosophy and goal. In today's NBA, coaches are not valued and are instead placed in a position of fear - make your star angry and he'll get you fired. Be successful and you might still get fired.
Compare this with Coach Pop - 18 seasons in the league, full 100% support from owner Peter Holt and GM RC Buford. He yells at Tim Duncan as much as Kawhi Leonard. Tony Parker speaks fondly, now, of being brought to tears in his early years in the league. Same GM, same coach, same Big 3 surrounded by discarded players and end-of-the-draft foreign nobodies. Yet they keep winning.
So why is every team around the league chasing the get-rich-quick scheme rather than examining what San Antonio has proven works?