Saturday, May 3, 2008

NBA Coaches Getting fired to soon?

Are NBA coaches getting fired to soon? For that matter, are coaches in every sports getting fired to soon? It has become a recent growing trend for many teams. However let's take a look at some of the NBA coaches.

So far this offseason, the Bulls, Bobcats, Bucks, Knicks, and Mavericks have all officially been searching for new head coaches. With the Suns rumored to be looking into canning Mike D'antoni and the Pistons saving the fate of Flip Saunders by advancing to round 2.

The Bobcats filled their need with Larry Brown, the Bucks filled their vacancy with Scott Skiles and the Mavericks are rumored to sign ex-Pacers coach Rick Carlisle.

My question is, did Avery Johnson deserve to get fired? Keep in mind he had the best winning percentage in history of anyone who has coached at least 250 games. Sure, the Mavs should not have been eliminated in the first round 2 years in a row. Sure, they should not have made the deal for Jason Kidd either. However, I think you have to look at the team who underperformed in 2 postseasons in a row. Dirk did not show up in the playoffs and Josh Howard may have checked into his offseason activities a little early.

The other coach who i had a problem with for his firing, was Sam Vincent of he Bobcats. I know he did not have the best season, but the point is he only had ONE season to do anything with his team. I find it hard to believe that a coach can build a team and a community in the locker room after only one season of basically coaching players he did not sign or trade for. In the end, it was basically the 'Cats wanting to take advantage of the UNC connection and get Larry Brown in there. For the record, I give LB 2 years MAX.

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