NBA 2012: 5 Coaches on the Hot Seat

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NBA 2012: 5 Coaches on the Hot Seat
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Erik Spoelstrsa is just one of many coaches who could be looking for work in the upcoming offseason

Down the stretch they come. NBA teams are jockeying for playoff position as the abbreviated 66-game schedule winds down. And while some coaches are trying to squeeze every bit of potential out of their teams as they tried to garner that Larry O'Brien trophy, many are also wondering just how secure their jobs are. Do you really think that Miami Heat president Pat Riley would not consider whacking Heat coach Erik Spoelstra if Miami comes up short in a run for the title.

And just how comfortable are the Clippers with Vinny Del Negro and the Lakers with Mike Brown as the coaches of their respective franchise? And while Mike Woodson may have the New York Knicks playing good defense as they close in on a playoff berth, don't you just get a sense that Zen Master Phil Jackson is itching to get back to the bench and see what he can do with a team that features Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire?

Oh, and then there is Stan Van Gundy. Has there ever been a coach who seems more to be issued a pink slip.

So without further hesitation here is list of NBA coaches who are on the hot seat.

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