NBA Coaches: Getting Fired Is The New Lottery

Andy SimpsonAnalyst IFebruary 25, 2009

What do you think Terry Porter is doing right now?

Fishing?  Reading the paper?  Taking a nap?  Vacationing in Europe?

Porter could be doing any of these things because he is a lottery-winner.

What lottery did he win? The NBA Fired Coaches Lottery.

Terry Porter is owed the balance of a three-year, six million dollar contract by the Phoenix Suns for coaching half of one season.

That's four million dollars from June 2009 to June 2011 to do anything except take another job. Terry Porter is the latest winner of the Fired Coaches Lottery.

Maurice Cheeks, Marc Iavaroni, Sam Mitchell, PJ Carlesimo, Randy Wittman, Eddie Jordan, and Reggie Theus are also winners.

Most of them are owed somewhere around the four million over two years that Porter is owed.

So, let's get this straight. If you make the playoffs, you are one of the 16 good coaches.

If you are going to miss the playoffs and your team is performing horribly, you get a permanent vacation.

Of the 30 teams in the league, 24 coaches are getting a great deal this year: playoffs or a payoff. Mike Dunleavy gets to continue to rob the Clippers franchise and keep his job.

When Jerry Tarkanian was fired by the Spurs in 1992, less than a month into his first season, I remember thinking, "Too bad for Tark.  He was a good coach at UNLV."

Little did I understand that Tark had it made! He coached one month and probably brought home one of the highest NBA coaching salaries for a couple of years.

Don't feel sorry for Porter or any of these other guys. They are all this season's winners of the NBA Fired Coaches Lottery. We should all be so lucky!