There's a bit of a trend building here, if you hadn't noticed—coaches on the hot seat and the at-risk general managers who hired them.
The same case applies to the Detroit Pistons with Lawrence Frank and Joe Dumars.
This is only Frank's second season in the Motor City, and though his Pistons have played better of late—7-7 over their last 14 games—it doesn't reflect well on the coach that his team has been so slow out of the gate. The Pistons were a paltry 0-8 to begin 2012-13 after a regrettable 4-20 start in 2011-12.
Not exactly good news for a guy who won his first 13 games once upon a time with the New Jersey Nets—an NBA record for a rookie coach.
The young corps of Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler and 2012 draftee Andre Drummond have shown encouraging signs, albeit in fits and spurts. The same can't quite be said of Rodney Stuckey, Jonas Jerebko and Austin Daye, all of whom have had their minutes yanked away on account of poor play.
The ups and downs thus far can be none too comforting for Frank. He is the fourth coach Dumars has hired since Larry Brown led the Pistons to an NBA title in 2003. Furthermore, nobody's managed to hang on to the job in Detroit for more than three seasons since the late, great Chuck Daly stepped aside in 1992.
Frank's firing might not be Joe D's call to make, though. If anything, it will be the new ownership group, led by private equity mogul Tom Gores, that does away with Dumars before dropping the hammer on his most recent hire.
Even though, according to Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, Frank was backed enthusiastically by Gores when the coach was first hired prior to last season.