The 2012/13 NBA season has seen the loss of four NBA coaches, each of them still had time remaining on their contracts and three of them held successful (plus .500) coaching careers. unfortunately ‘contracts’ seem to mean very little in ‘the year of lost talent.’
1. Mike Brown (LA Lakers)
Mike Brown was fired on November 9, 2012, only 5 games in to the 2012/13 NBA season. Widely regarded as a defensive specialist, Brown succeeded Phil Jackson, taking over the Lakers in 2011.
2012/13 season record : 1-4
Career coaching record : 314-167
Teams Coached : Cleveland Cavaliers and LA Lakers
Fun Fact : 2009 NBA coach of the year
2. Avery Johnson (Brooklyn Nets)
Named the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month for October and November 2012 following an 11-4 start. Johnson was fired as head coach of the Nets on December 27, 2012, when the team had a 14-14 record
2012/13 season record : 14-14
Career Coaching record : 254-186
Teams coached : Dallas Mavericks, Brooklyn Nets
Fun Fact : Fastest coach to reach 150 career wins
3. Scott Skiles (Milwaukee Bucks)
On January 8, 2013, Skiles and the Bucks agreed to mutually part ways, ending his five year stint in Milwaukee
“John and I met and mutually agreed that a coaching change would be in the best interest of both parties” Skiles said.
2012/13 season : 16-16
Career Coaching record : 443-433
Teams Coached : Phoenix Suns, Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks
Fun Fact : In the first full year under his direction, Chicago limited its opposition to an NBA-best .422 field goal percentage and held their opponents to a franchise record and NBA season-high 26 straight games below 100 points.
An honourable mention must go to Phoenix Suns ex-head coach, Alvin Gentry. Gentry was reported to have mutually agreed to part ways with the Suns after a poor start to the 2012/13 season. Gentry has not been included in this group of coaches as he holds a coaching career percentage which is below .500.
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