Handicapping NBA head coaches on the hot seat
Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks was the first to have the ax fall, getting his pink slip Sunday. But he won't likely be the last NBA coach to get canned between now and the All-Star break.
Sometimes a hot seat can push a coach and his team, giving them added
line value. Other times, players quit on their coach and it burns everything to the ground – including
Covers looks at four coaches who may be getting fired sooner rather than later. And the one big thing these guys all have in common is a sub .500 ATS record, with the four teams below combining to go 84-119-2 ATS - covering just 42 percent of the time.
Mike Woodson (New York Knicks)
Record: 20-31 SU, 21-30 ATS
If you believe reports circulating over the last couple of days, the time on Mike Woodson’s tenure could be over before next week's All-Star break. The New York Daily News says owner James Dolan met with Woodson following the team’s loss to the Portland Trail Blazers and a recent loss to the Milwaukee Bucks may have been the final nail for a team floundering at 20-31 with the league’s second-highest payroll.
Mike Brown (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Record: 18-33 SU, 21-30 ATS
When your starting point guard is asked if the team has quit on you, it doesn’t bode well for your future. Neither does a team allowing 102.5 points per game, including 119 and 124 points back-to-back, when you have hung your career on being a defensive guru. However, Cleveland has shown signs of life, with back-to-back wins and covers.
Brett Brown (Philadelphia 76ers)
Record: 15-37 SU, 20-32 ATS
By the sounds of things, Brown may quit before he is fired after telling reporters the 76ers rebuilding process is, “much harder," and “something that I didn't judge properly.” There’s no doubt Philly is in tank mode but those recent comments may have Sixers brass rethinking their choice of a head coach who will help them rebuild in a very unforgiving market.
Marc Jackson (Golden State Warriors)
Record: 30-21 SU, 22-27-2 ATS
Jackson has overachieved as head coach of Golden State until now. But this NBA gig is all about “what have you done for me lately”. After spending money in the offseason and looking like a contender early on, the Warriors are now falling down the Western Conference playoff picture. It would be surprising to see the club dump such a popular coach but it wouldn’t be smart to bet against it if the team keeps sliding.