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D Roses Bulls
09-16-2010, 06:48 PM
I'll post Part 2 when it's made available


I seem to be in a major ranking/grading/evaluating the whole NBA-mode, so today we’re gonna check out which coaches might not make it through the season. Every year it seems like about six coaches are fired in the middle of the 82 game grind. And a few more who made it through the grist then are shown the exit during the summer. But we just finished one summer, so we ain’t talking about the next one yet. Just this upcoming season. Who’s Bulletproof? Who’s on the Hot Seat? And where does everyone else stand and why? Well, you’re lucky ‘cuz we’s about’s ta answer these questions fer ya.

Bulletproof (again, for this upcoming season only):

Doc Rivers – Celtics

George Karl – Nuggets: He might quit if it’s too grueling, but ya can’t fire a guy coming back from cancer. Ya just can’t. If you disagree, grow a heart, dude.

Phil Jackson – Lakers

Gregg Popovich – Spurs

Jerry Sloan – Jazz

95% Bulletproof, aka Impervious:

Scott Brooks – Thunder: After their insane turnaround, playoff performance and the unbelievable emergence of Kevin Durant, it’d take a lot to take Brooks down.

Stan Van Gundy – Magic

Rick Adelman – Rockets

Vinny Del Negro – Clippers: Donald Sterling hates to pay coaches for not working. Add that to the fact that The Donald waited through 537 seasons of Dunleavy losing before giving Mikey the axe, and it’s a safe bet that even if Del Negro is godawful, he’ll still have a job all season.

Tom Thibodeu – Bulls

Larry Brown – Bobcats: The Cats could fall apart, and Michael Jordan would still likely give his fellow Tarheel the full season. Particularly since MJ was the one who traded away half their good players.

Byron Scott – Cavs: The national expectations are so low that it’d be hard to fire him even though Cleveland and Dan Gilbert do/should expect the team can compete for a playoff spot. As I’ve said before, I also believe this team will do far better than the pundits are prognosticating. Ohh, it’s fun to say prognosticate rather than predict. Makes ya feel all smart-like.

Pretty Safe:

Rick Carlisle – Mavericks: Mark Cuban has only fired a coach mid-season (Don Nelson) when he had a clear heir apparent (Avery Johnson) on the sidelines. That said, Jason Kidd has been known to be a bit of a coach killer when he’s unhappy, so if things go really, really poorly, and Kidd is really, really pissy, there’s a really, really small chance that Cuban wouldn’t let Carlisle finish the season.

Alvin Gentry – Suns: Gentry’s done a pretty good job, and with owner Robert Sarver having let Amar’e walk, it’d be hard for him to punish Gentry if the team’s worse this year. And with Nash still around, no way this team truly sucks.

Scott Skiles – Bucks: He brought respectability back to Milwaukee last year, so even if somehow the team were to take a step back, he probably doesn’t need to Fear The Deer decapitating him. Sure, he does tend to grate on players after a few years, but he’s only had young phenom Brandon Jennings for one season, so that shouldn’t be an issue yet. Then again, he’s been with Andrew Bogut longer, and the big Aussie has been known to speak his mind when he dislikes something.

Erik Spoelstra – Heat: After the flack Riley took for ousting Stan Van, I think it’s safe to say Spoelstra will have at least one full season to show what he can do. But if they don’t get rings this season, all bets are off for the next one…

Fairly Safe:

Lionel Hollins – Grizzlies: Due to their nice turnaround last year and owner Michael Heisley’s record of cheapnosity, it seems unlikely they’d fire him even if the team underperforms.

Avery Johnson – Nets: The team sucked so much last year, that even if Johnson is a complete failure they should still be better. He should probably be in the “Pretty Safe” category, but I haven’t gotten a feel yet for how their new 6’6 Russian owner will run things. Is he the type to make an example of Johnson if the team isn’t as good as they can be? Or is he the type who believes Johnson should get at least a full year to show what he’s capable of? Honestly though, I’ve got faith in Avery, so I think he’ll do a decent job this year and won’t be anywhere near the hot seat.

Mike D’Antoni – Knicks: This will be the first year D’Antoni has had decent players, so I expect Donnie Walsh to let Mikey finish out this final season on his contract no matter what. But with James “Can I re-hire Isiah a third time?” Dolan in charge, nuthin’ is predictable in the Big Apple.

Nate McMillan – Blazers: He’s been so good since he came over that maybe he should be in the “Pretty Safe” category too. Then again ex-GM Kevin Pritchard had done a phenomenal job and he was shown the door, so clearly job performance is unrelated to whether you’re fired in Portland. And you think it’s hard to find work in your city? Geeze.

http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/article_external/which_coaches_might_not_make_it_through_the_season _part_i/3242338

Tony_Starks
09-16-2010, 06:55 PM
Don Nelson. The honeymoon ended a long time ago.....

D Roses Bulls
09-16-2010, 07:06 PM
I agree with the Eric Spoelstra one...... you know Riley would love to take all the credit if they win a championship. So I think he'll try and find some way to bump Eric.

jackdawson
09-16-2010, 07:16 PM
Hater. Riley won the championship and is one of the smartest brains of basketball history if not the smartest. If Spo doesn't make it this time I personally want Riley back nest season and I know most Heat fans do too. It's all about winning and Riley knows how to get it done as good as or better than anyone. Not to mention he is a master of managing superstar egos.

LakersA's49ers
09-16-2010, 07:30 PM
Nelson might be gone befor the season. rofl Keith Smart and Brian Shaw are frontrunners for the job if Lacob pulls the string on Nellie

D Roses Bulls
09-16-2010, 08:09 PM
Hater. Riley won the championship and is one of the smartest brains of basketball history if not the smartest. If Spo doesn't make it this time I personally want Riley back nest season and I know most Heat fans do too. It's all about winning and Riley knows how to get it done as good as or better than anyone. Not to mention he is a master of managing superstar egos.

thats not hating, thats the truth.

Milos--CCCC
09-16-2010, 08:20 PM
How about Jay Triano , what can he pull off with the raps this year?

beasted86
09-16-2010, 08:27 PM
Is this thread for coaches who will get fired eventually or midseason? Cause if mid-season, I don't know why people are saying Erik Spoelstra. If Spo could coach last year's team to 47 wins, this team is pretty much guaranteed 55+ which mean's he will at least make it through the season.


Jay Triano - If they start really bad like the Nets did, he's gone
Flip Saunders - He lost with a team of proven vets, he'll need to show hope for the future that he can turn Wall into a star early on
Don Nelson - He might just 'suddenly' choose to retire midseason

jackdawson
09-16-2010, 08:36 PM
thats not hating, thats the truth.

That Riley is one of the smartest basketball geniuses and has 7 rings? Sure, it is a truth.

homestarunner93
09-16-2010, 08:44 PM
The writer of the article is an idiot. How exactly did Michael Jordan trade "half [of] [the Bobcats] good players away?" First off, his statement is grammatically incorrect because he left out an "of." Secondly, the only player they got rid of this offseason that could have been counted on to play any sort of role is Tyson Chandler...and he sucks. He couldn't get on the floor when the centers in front of him were Nazr Mohammed and Theo Ratliff.

IAmKira
09-16-2010, 08:55 PM
thats not hating, thats the truth.

anywhere Lebron goes, stupidity ensures.

black1605
09-16-2010, 09:14 PM
Who are the Bobcats good players that Jordan traded away again?

Anyway, no, Larry makes it through the season because Jordan has more or less begged him to stay.

Kakaroach
09-16-2010, 09:27 PM
Don Nelson is all but gone in the Bay Area. No chance they keep him.

Sly Guy
09-16-2010, 09:34 PM
Is this thread for coaches who will get fired eventually or midseason? Cause if mid-season, I don't know why people are saying Erik Spoelstra. If Spo could coach last year's team to 47 wins, this team is pretty much guaranteed 55+ which mean's he will at least make it through the season.


Jay Triano - If they start really bad like the Nets did, he's gone
Flip Saunders - He lost with a team of proven vets, he'll need to show hope for the future that he can turn Wall into a star early on
Don Nelson - He might just 'suddenly' choose to retire midseason


Jay's not going anywhere. Canadian coach of the Canadian team, he's the darling of the media in Toronto and only has one season under his belt. besides, as bad as the raps might be this season, management seems to want to stay the course under BC, and BC is comfortable enough with triano.

SA5195
09-16-2010, 09:37 PM
Triano's gonna stay.

40 W's isn't bad for a rookie head coach. Considering that Bosh was injured in crucial games, and Hedo disappearing alot on the court.

mjt20mik
09-16-2010, 10:10 PM
Hater. Riley won the championship and is one of the smartest brains of basketball history if not the smartest. If Spo doesn't make it this time I personally want Riley back nest season and I know most Heat fans do too. It's all about winning and Riley knows how to get it done as good as or better than anyone. Not to mention he is a master of managing superstar egos.

The whole thing with Stan and Riley was a bit sketchy. But I absolutely love Spo as a coach, and it would be unfortunate if something happened that resulted in him getting the boot (or resigning).

D Roses Bulls
09-16-2010, 10:14 PM
That Riley is one of the smartest basketball geniuses and has 7 rings? Sure, it is a truth.

calm down there...... never said riley was a bad coach.

Verbal Christ
09-16-2010, 10:30 PM
im gonna say fat van gundy in orlando cuz that sonuva***** is on verge of heart attack every minute of every day.

Hellcrooner
09-16-2010, 10:46 PM
Spoelstra will be out after the firs back to back defeast.


YOu dont buy a Lamborghini so your wife and your son drive it while you are sitting on the backseat.

No way in heel

D Roses Bulls
09-16-2010, 11:20 PM
Spoelstra will be out after the firs back to back defeast.


YOu dont buy a Lamborghini so your wife and your son drive it while you are sitting on the backseat.

No way in heel

probably true

mjt20mik
09-16-2010, 11:28 PM
Spoelstra will be out after the firs back to back defeast.


YOu dont buy a Lamborghini so your wife and your son drive it while you are sitting on the backseat.

No way in heel

At least we know he won't be fired. He will "resign".