It's standard operating procedure for NBA head coaches without a job to take their talents behind a live microphone for a paycheck. Heck, some people will tell you that coaches who are currently employed by an NBA team should quit and go the analyst route as well. Just ask any Los Angeles Lakers fan about Mike Brown today and they'll tell you.
As of today, Flip Saunders—former head man for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards—became the latest out-of-work coach to accept a studio analyst gig.
It's a logical move for coaches in between head coaching stops. Not only is it a cushy job, but they get to show off their basketball knowledge for everyone to see. It's a live audition. We saw it get Mark Jackson—a guy who had zero coaching experience prior to his current post with Golden State—the Warriors job, even though there were candidates with glossier coaching resumes sitting on their couches waiting for the phone to ring.
Here are five former coaches looking for a new gig who could benefit from a stint on TV.