Ok, George Karl, Doug Collins, Pat Riley, Doc Rivers, and Lenny Wilkins are all without a coaching job. Look for some more coaches to be added and taken off that list soon. Many teams are unhappy with their current coach, and will probably end up getting one of the guys from that list. When can you expect to see more coaching changes?...Probably in the near future based on how some teams having been playing recently.
Now changing coaches and having to get used to a new style half way through the year might not necessarily be a smart move, but that won't stop teams from making the moves. This past summer was one of the busiest years for coaches. A lot of them moved on to a new team, or had to adapt to having several new players (many of them already being superstars). So let's give the coaches that still have their jobs and are doing good with all their new acquisitions, it ain't easy. And now, along with trying to take on all that some coaches have to also worry about their job security, not knowing where they will be in a few weeks.
So here are some coaches that are in jeopardy and a breakdown of the situation:
-rumors have been circulating about him getting the boot since, well, this summer. The Nets are doing worse that they have in a couple of years, and if they don't get back up to par, and playing how they did the past two years, then Scott will get blamed and get kicked out. Plus Scott, and the teams superstar, have been rumored to not get along all that well, and without Kidd they are nothing. So, if it gets down to Kidd or Scott...expect the Nets to show Scott the door. Should they get rid of him?...only if they struggle a lot this year, and could get George Karl or Lenny Wilkins.
-When the Magic decided to have him as their coach, and not go after a big name coach, it surprised a lot of people, I think even T-Mac to some degree. They game Doc 10 losses before he was sent packing, how many are they going to give Davis? If they give him the same deal, then tomorrow's game will be his last. They are in desperate need of leadership, they aren't getting any from Davis or T-Mac...this is where they miss Armstrong, they are going to have to get it from somewhere...and it will probably mean hiring a big name coach. George Karl anyone? Well, whatever they do it is going to have to be soon. They are losing support each and every game they lose, and have become the laughingstock of the NBA; this is not the type of attention I think they want.
-rumors of him being let go have also been around for awhile now, but have been off and on. Their problem isn't a coach, it's they got rid of Pierce's only help and have to have Baker (even though he is playing quite well) as their second option. Rumors of him getting fired will probably start heating back up, after they blew their 29 point lead against the Suns. I really don't see why they want to get rid of him, either. Perhaps, Ainge wants to get one of his former coaches or teammates to coach for them. He hasn't made the best moves since he's been there, so him getting rid of O' Brien wouldn't surprise me.
-this one is new. Ray Allen better return soon, if Nate want to salvage his career. Because Nate and management aren't getting along all that well. Maybe, they don't like how he running the show, maybe they think that Murray should start, but McMillan certainly hasn't helped his job security any. According to the The News Tribune
he was very mad after they lost to the Jazz on 11/28. So mad, he said the following: "Forget the owner. Forget the CEO. Forget the general manager. From now on, we are doing things my way. I am not here to develop players who don't deserve playing time. I am here to win. I am going to give minutes to the players who earn their minutes. I am going to play the guys who played like I played: hard, scrappy, defense-first."
-whenever your job title reads as follow: "head coach of the Atlanta Hawks" your job is in jeopardy. He did a decent job with them last season, but they didn't live up to their playoff promise. And as of now, they are 7th in their division. No, they won't make the playoffs this year either. How much longer will management just sit back and watch them fail year in and year out, not making the playoffs since they had Lenny. They have to add some big name player (what they are trying to do next season) and hire a big name coach to coach this new talented free agents. I don't think they will fire Stotts during this season, but he won't be welcomed back next year. Their have been rumors of the Hawks trying to go after Doc Rivers last year, and now that he's out of a job, and will have taken some time off from coaching. He will be ready to coach next year, (he will probably buy out the rest of his ABC deal) and expect the Hawks to make a call to him, will they get him?...hopefully, cause I am sick of seeing them suck.
The team is struggling, and they will blame the rookie coach Ayers. They won't do as well as they did last season, because Brown is a much better coach with more experience. Ayers is a coach who is learning how to be AI's head coach (not exactly the easiest task in the world). This season he has had to deal with a team that has had to battle it's fair share of injuries, but the management will magically forget that players were injured and part of the reason for their losses, and will blame Ayers for the losses. Also, the recent defiance by Coleman and comments by the Answer won't help his campaign to stay in the city of brotherly love. Reports have it that Iverson wasn't too happy about the decision to have Ayers as his head coach, he wanted Woodson or Cheeks. ESPN says: Ayers sent Samuel Dalembert to the scorer's table to replace Derrick Coleman, who saw Dalembert coming and bellowed, "Hell no." Coach Coleman, according to witnesses, loudly, uh, suggested that Dalembert return to the bench. Ayers, witnesses say, relented and told Dalembert to go in for Thomas instead.
So it doesn't seem like Ayers is the most popular person in the Sixers' organization, and if more reports start coming out about players wither not liking him or not listening to him...then expect him to be out the door as soon as they finish their season.
Since Thomas has taken over the team the have started doing better, but he is in there to make changes...and one of those changes will be firing Chaney. Everyone knows it is coming, the question is when. The bigger mystery is who will be his replacement. Thomas has said he is interested in coaching again, so he could be a manager/coach or he could hire someone he is close to or someone he knows. So while Thomas continues to shake things up in the Big Apple we can only be left to wonder when he makes the decision to give Chaney the ax.
Here are two other coaches, who may need to look for another job, but it will be determined on how they do this year:
-he seems to be liked by the players and the Buck community, so his job will probably be safe. They only way it wouldn't be, is if they end up one of the last couple teams in their conference and they feel it's his fault. He may get blamed, because he is the coach and he's new; perfect way to escape the fact that it was management's fault they lost Payton, Cassell, Allen, and Murray.
Stan Van Gundy
-Heat have only won 5 games this year, they will miss Riley, and this Van Gundy isn't quite as good as his brother at being a head coach. Whether he stays or not is determined by how bad management wants to make them a playoff contender again. If they are satisfied being a lottery team for a couple more years, get a few FA's, and a couple good draft picks...then make a run for the playoffs in 2 or so years; then Van Gundy has nothing to worry about, but if they are adamant about making a push soon, then I think they will look elsewhere for a coach. I don't see Van Gundy being a coach that could lead them to the playoffs.
- that's right, the coach for the Suns, his job maybe in jeopardy. In fact, Detroit News reports
he could be out of a job by Wednesday, right after they finish their 4 game Eastern trip. Even though they are 2nd to last in their division, I don't think that's any reason to fire Johnson. They are just looking for a new style and change in how things are done. Rumor is, that the Suns are considering hiring Doug Collins, I really don't think he would do much better than Johnson, but it would certainly be interesting to see if he could do better with them than he did with the Wizards. Hopefully, if Collins gets the job, he gain gain the respect of his players, something he was unable to do in Washington. Granted these guys are old, more matured players, and that don't go crying to management when they don't get playing time (like Kwame Brown did), they still might not listen to him, because it seems like most of the players there like Johnson.
Well that's all the coaching rumors, updates, and news.