Monday Morning Point Guard
At the rate things are going, half the coaches in the NBA will be fired before the end of the season. Sam Mitchell became the third coaching casualty of the season last week, when Toronto Raptors President Bryan Colangelo decided that an 8-9 start was unacceptable for a team that he thought should be a contender for the NBA title. Now, there is speculation that Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Randy Wittman could be the fourth coach to be fired -- just six weeks into in the season.
Wittman's Timberwolves have lost five in a row, while the Raptors have lost four in a row, with the past two losses coming after Mitchell, the 2006-07 Coach of the Year, was dismissed. Mitchell's situation is comparable to that of former Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan as both were hired before their supervisors. And, in each case, the results produced by the team didn't match the vision of the general managers.
As for Oklahoma City's P.J. Carlesimo, and possibly Wittman, they were handpicked by their bosses but unable to get their young, poorly assembled rosters to make any progress. Oklahoma City and Minnesota are lost causes this season, but those teams appear to be moving backward rather than forward.
Three coaches that appear to be quite secure right now are Boston's Doc Rivers, the Los Angeles Lakers' Phil Jackson and Cleveland's Mike Brown. All three coaches have their teams on pace on to win 70 games this season. Boston has won 12 in a row and Cleveland has won eight. The Lakers were upset in Indiana last Tuesday, but rebounded with three consecutive wins to conclude the week.
The awards will follow shortly . . .
Posted by: WizardsExtreme | December 8, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse
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