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Premature End, 30 Years of Fired Coaches in NBA

28 Jun

With inevitable early departure of Kurt Rambis from Timberwolves I wondered…
Which NBA Team have Fired Most Coaches in the Last 30 Years?
And How many of them Left Early on Their Own Terms?

So I visited Professional Basketball Transactions Archive and here’s what I’ve found…
Starting with curiosities…

Did you know there were three trades involving coaches in that period?
On 1983-06-07 Nets traded rights to Fred Roberts, 1983 second round pick (#46-Kevin Williams) to Spurs who agreed to release head coach Stan Albeck from his contract, thus allowing Nets to sign him.
On 2003-06-11 Rockets sent to Knicks second round pick (2005 #54-Dijon Thompson) as compensation for agreeing to release head coach Jeff Van Gundy from his contract and on 2007-06-06 Magic sent 2008 second round pick (#52-Darnell Jackson) to Heat as a compensation for head coach Stan Van Gundy.
Wow, those Van Gundy brothers were a valuable commodity ;-)

Back to the point, with another fired head coach, how will Timberwolves look historically?

Remember this list does not include coaches who left because their contract simply expired!
But it does include those who retired [I counted them as “resigned”].

Team Total Years Coaches Fired Coaches Resigned Early Per 10 Yrs
Timberwolves 22 10 0 4,55
Raptors 16 6 1 4,38
Grizzlies 16 5 2 4,38
Bobcats 7 1 2 4,29
Pistons 30 10 1 3,67
Bulls 30 9 2 3,67
Wizards/Bullets 30 9 1 3,33
Knicks 30 6 4 3,33
Magic 22 5 2 3,18
Hornets 23 5 2 3,04
Kings 30 8 1 3,00
Warriors 30 7 2 3,00
76ers 30 6 3 3,00
Suns 30 6 3 3,00
Bucks 30 6 2 2,67
Nuggets 30 5 3 2,67
Pacers 30 5 3 2,67
Mavericks 30 6 2 2,67
Heat 23 2 4 2,61
Clippers 30 5 2 2,33
Hawks 30 5 2 2,33
Blazers 30 6 0 2,00
Cavaliers 30 6 0 2,00
Nets 30 5 1 2,00
OKC/Sonics 30 5 1 2,00
Rockets 30 4 2 2,00
Celtics 30 2 3 1,67
Spurs 30 4 0 1,33
Lakers 30 2 2 1,33
Jazz 30 1 3 1,33
Total for NBA 819 162 56 2,66

If we count Kurt Rumbis Timberwolves would be the leaders! Maybe that’s why Kahn hesitates?

But overall, those expansion teams just can’t find the right coach, huh?
Or maybe, just maybe, can they stop blaming head coach for poor rosters? Because I doubt it’s a coincidence that most succesful teams in that period were rarely changing coaches…

And just for fun, here’s a list of coaches who didn’t finish their contracts in 3 or more places…

Coach Teams Team (Year in which he left)
Larry Brown 7 Spurs (1992), Clippers (1993), Pacers (1997), 76ers (2003),
Pistons (2005), Knicks (2006), Bobcats (2010)
Don Nelson 5 Bucks (1987), Warriors (1995), Knicks (1996),
Mavs (2005), Warriors (2010)
Rick Adelman 4 Blazers (1994), Warriors (1997), Kings (2006), Rockets (2011)
Bernie Bickerstaff 4 Sonics (1990), Nuggets (1996), Wizards (1999), Bobcats (2007)
Dick Motta 4 Mavs (1985), Kings (1991), Mavs (1996), Nuggets (1997)
Kevin Loughery 4 Hawks (1983), Bulls (1985), Wizards (1988), Heat (1995)
Jim O’Brien 3 Celtics (2004), 76ers (2005), Pacers (2011)
Eddie Jordan 3 Kings (1998), Wizards (2008), 76ers (2010)
Mike Dunleavy Sr. 3 Bucks (1996), Blazers (2001), Clippers (2010)
P.J. Carlesimo 3 Blazers (1997), Warriors (1999), Sonics (2008)
Pat Riley 3 Knicks (1995), Heat (2003), Heat (2008)
Brian Hill 3 Magic (1997), Grizzlies (1999), Magic (2007)
Bob Hill 3 Knicks (1987), Spurs (1996), Sonics (2007)
Mike Fratello 3 Hawks (1990), Cavaliers (1999), Grizzlies (2006)
Lenny Wilkens 3 Hawks (2000), Raptors (2003), Knicks (2005)
Don Chaney 3 Rockets (1992), Pistons (1995), Knicks (2004)
George Karl 3 Warriors (1988), Sonics (1998), Bucks (2003)
Doug Collins 3 Bulls (1989), Pistons (1998), Wizards (2003)
Alvin Gentry 3 Heat (1995), Pistons (2000), Clippers (2003)
Chris Ford 3 Celtics (1995), Bucks (1998), Clippers (2000)
Del Harris 3 Rockets (1983), Bucks (1991), Lakers (1999)
John MacLeod 3 Suns (1987), Mavs (1989), Knicks (1991)

OK, leader was very predictable but I still find Larry Brown’s history fascinating…

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