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Thursday, April 18, 2013

NBA Coaching Carousel

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NBA Coaching Carousel

It seems in just about every sport these days the day following the final game of the regular season ought to be known as "Pink Slip Day." We just saw some 10+ coaches cut free in the NFL a couple months ago, now it is the NBA's turn. Coaches from three teams have been let go in the past few hours with a couple more expected to be soon to follow. 

Amongst those shown the door today were Piston's Lawrence Frank, Byron Scott of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Doug Collins from the Philadelphia 76ers. For Collins, the firing is being called a resignation but make no mistake about it, all three teams are looking for a different organizational direction.

Who else might be shown the door in the coming days or weeks? Rumors have been swirling around Mike Dunlap in Charlotte and Keith Smart in Sacramento. If the Kings were to be relocated a new coach would be an all but certainty. Rick Adelman in Minnesota, Dwane Casey in Toronto, Lionel Hollins in Memphis, Larry Drew in Atlanta and Vinny Del Negro from the Clippers are others who could potentially be looking jobs elsewhere next season with Jim Boylan from Milwaukee and Lindsey Hunter from Phoenix holding onto temporary interim titles.

The candidate pool to potentially replace those coaches is a deep as ever with Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Jeff Van Gundy, Stan Van Gundy, Nate McMillan and Mike Brown all available, to name a few. And off course the possibility always exists that one of those coaches on the hot seat could be recycled by another team.

Who will be the next coach shown the door? I guess we will just have to wait and see.

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