Wow.Even those that hold them now don't like what they see.
"Our league has gotten crazy," said Detroit Pistons Coach Larry Brown before the Pistons played the Magic last week. "We're not developing coaches anymore. It's frustrating. It used to be, you were a freshman coach in college, or in the high schools, and you moved on up. Now it's become so lucrative, we've got a lot of guys who are good salesmen who become coaches. It's not because they love the game, or love to teach. It's just so financially rewarding."
Excluding the expansion Charlotte Bobcats, 24 of the 29 teams have changed coaches within the past two years. Only Jerry Sloan (Utah Jazz), Gregg Popovich (San Antonio Spurs), Rick Adelman (Sacramento Kings) and Nate McMillan (Seattle SuperSonics) have been in their current positions for more than two seasons.
"Nothing would surprise me anymore," said Chicago Coach Scott Skiles last week. "We're a league where a very qualified teacher like Mike Fratello is out of the game for six years. That tells me there are a lot of GMs and owners who maybe aren't qualified to know where qualified coaches are. That's part of the silliness of this profession."