Happy New Year!
Some NBA coach for sure is part of his GM's New Years resolutions and not in a good way. Someone's going to get canned and it will probably happen sooner than later. So who's going to be #1?
Brett Brown. Worst record in the NBA. Usually that's not a good thing for job security, but this is not a usual situation. Seems to be meeting his GM's expectations - team growth, atmosphere about as positive as it can be. Job security not at Pops level, but chance of being 1st coach canned under 1%.
Derek Fisher. Hand picked by Phil to bring the triangle offence to New York. He's done that, just not in any way that can be described as successfully. Has Melo the "superstar" who RPM still rates as one of the 10 best offensive players in the NBA this season. It also rates him as one of the 10 worst defensive players. Unfortunately for Fisher, RPM rates a total of 5 Knicks among the 33 worst NBA defenders and with the return of Bargnani,you just know it will soon be 6. No other team has more than 3 players in this pile of defensive dung. Some of this is ability ( no coach can turn Calderon into a plus defender), but there must be an element of effort, or lack thereof, involved and that is very much on the coach..
Flip Saunders - team stinks and is at the bottom of the conference, but he's also president and part owner of the TWolves. May leave coaching, but it won't be termination.
Stan Van Gundy - Coach and GM - see above
Steve Clifford - Last year he was part of the new generation of great young coaches. Now? Previous season's success should buy him time, no?
Byron Scott - Has won COY, but that was 7 yrs ago and has little success since. Let Kobe almost singlehandedly kill any hope this season, but has stood up for Kobe publicly. Which is a good thing for job security since Jeanie Buss the owner is still a huge Kobe fan.
Jacque Vaughn - 3rd year now - team is improving at a snails pace. How acceptable is that to upper management?
Tyrone Corbin - Ranadive wouldn't fire a guy he just hired, would he? I mean Ranadive is a patient, sensible owner, no?
Brian Shaw - 2nd year, with little improvement. Cheapskate owner seems OK with selling shoddy merchandise and may balk at paying (or underpaying) 2 coaches for the year and a half Shaw still his on his contract.
David Blatt - High expectations - mediocre results. Seems to be a failure to buy in from at least part of the team: sucks for Blatt that part seems to include Lebron. Silver lining for Blatt - weather in Tel Aviv better than Cleveland this time of year.
Dwane Casey - 3 ways he could lose his job. 1) McHappy buys MLSE. 2) McHappy replaces Leiweke 3) McHappy replace Ujiri.
My "winner" is David Blatt. No idea who Lebron will chose to replace him though. Oh wait, did I say Lebron? I meant the GM whoever that is, you know, the guy who answers to Lebron.
Which coach do you think will win the "Shown the Door" Prize?