Raptors, Kings & Hornets Coaches on the Hot Seat


 

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Last season NBA head coaches were being whacked with a high degree of frequency.  This year I don’t expect more than one or two to lose their jobs but I thought it would be fun to speculate about who would be the first coach kicked to the curb.  Check out the poll on the right sidebar later today and cast your vote.   As far as I’m concerned, here are the front-runners:

Jay Triano/3:1 - Although there are a lot of new faces in Toronto and it may take some time for the team to gel, the Raptors should win 50 games this season.  If Triano doesn’t have a .500 record at the all-star break, look for Bryan Colangelo and his itchy trigger finger to make a move.  

Paul Westphal/4:1 – The Kings have some quality young players, but the losses are likely to pile up faster than the bodies did in the first twenty minutes of Shoot ‘Em Up.  Barring a miracle it’s going to be a long year in Sacramento.

Don Nelson/5:1 - These are also the odds of Stephen Jackson threatening to kill Don Nelson within the first 20 games of the year and being suspended indefinitely. Nellie is an absolute lunatic and anything is possibile in the Bay Area this season.     

Byron Scott/10:1 – The Hornets slipped from a 2 seed to a 7 seed and Byron Scott is undoubtedly feeling some pressure.  If New Orleans isn’t comfortably in the playoff picture on Valentines Day then Scott could get the axe.

Mike Woodson/15:1 - The Hawks appear to be on the rise, but the dicey ownership situation is always an issue in Atlanta.  As long as Woodson makes the playoffs he should be safe.

*Kurt Rambis/35:1- A coaching staff of Phil Jackson, John Wooden and the ghost of Red Auerbach couldn’t lead Minnesota to 35 wins.  No matter how ugly things get for the Timberwolves this season, Rambis will likely get at least two years at the helm.

*Mike Dunleavy/50:1 - Dumbleavy deserves to be canned if this talented Clippers team stumbles out of the gate, but the notoriously frugal Donald Sterling will never do it. 

Anyone left out?  If so, let us know in the comments section.

Drew is the lead blogger for Pacman Jonesin’ and will be contributing to Sir Charles In Charge on a weekly basis all season.

Tags: Don Nelson Golden State Warriors Sacramento Kings Toronto Raptors

  • http://lifeondumars.com/ toasterhands

    I’d say Nelson, then Scott.

    First, Nelson, cuz he’s a crazy sob and GS refuses to play defense.

    Scott will get canned, but not because it’s really his fault, just becuase the team isn’t that good. They will probably make the playoffs, but they are going nowhere anytime soon. They might start off slow and that will spell the end for Scott.

  • http://pacmanjonesin.com Drew

    You’re probably right…unless the Raptors duplicate last year’s stink bomb of a record. If Toronto plays to their potential then Nellie likely will be the first to go…with Byron Scott the next guy on the chopping block. Sacramento will probably give Westphal at least 1 1/2 to 2 years in SacTown.

  • ndinga

    Mike Brown. Coach of the year last year may get cleared out if the Cavs fall out of the playoffs before getting a championship. Especially if he gets schooled like he did by Orlando last year.

    Lastly if Lebron leaves, I would put my money on Mike Brown taking the bulk of the blame. I don’t see Ferry getting pushed out. Not after building a solid NBA team. Mike Brown’s future with the team may only stay safe if he brings Cleveland the championship.

  • http://pacmanjonesin.com Drew

    I don’t disagree with you Ndinga. I’ve always thought Brown was a brutal head coach…at least from an offensive perspective. Simply running a 1-4 offense with four people standing around watching LeBron do his thing is not a very prudent strategy.

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