NBA Rumors: Breaking Down Coaches on the Hot Seat

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IApril 16, 2013

Apr 3, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank reacts to a call against his team during the second quarter of an NBA game at TD Garden against the Boston Celtics. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports
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This is about the time of the NBA season when rumors come out concerning coaches on the hot seat, if they haven't already.

Some NBA teams have struggled mightily this season, as some do every season. Inevitably, coaches find themselves either on the verge of being fired or on the verge of resigning out of utter frustration.

Here's a look at the latest buzz throughout the league surrounding coaches on the hot seat.


Doug Collins, Philadelphia 76ers

According to a team source, per John N. Mitchell of the Philadelphia Inquirer, Doug Collins will not be back to coach the 76ers next season.

The source said, via the report:

He's not coming back. This is something that both sides have been thinking about for some time. It looks like they are going to part ways. I'm certain Doug will be looking for a buyout. From what I understand, both sides want to make it an amicable parting of the ways.

It makes sense, given the 76ers have gone 33-48 this season, fresh off a 109-101 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Collins' frustration trying to mold a young team hasn't exactly been a secret throughout the season.  

A source reportedly told Mitchell that there isn't a favorite yet to replace Collins, but associate head coach Michael Curry or former player Aaron McKie could be looked at as possibilities. 

Of course, the 76ers were essentially doomed this season with the injured Andrew Bynum sitting out the entire campaign. They traded away veteran Andre Iguodala and emerging young players Nik Vucevic and Maurice Harkless in the three-team trade involving Bynum and Dwight Howard in August.


Lawrence Frank, Detroit Pistons

It appears as if Lawrence Frank's time in Detroit may be coming to an end, despite the fact that he has one year—plus a team option—left on his contract.

Marc Stein of wrote on April 5, "League coaching sources consistently submit Frank's name as poised for dismissal when the regular seasons ends."

As Stein noted, Frank is known throughout the league for his dedication and preparation before each game, but it doesn't matter if you don't have the team's ears.

It appears as if Frank has worn on some of the younger players. That can't happen when you have potential stars like Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond who you need to build your team around.

Like it or not, few coaches in the league have the final say over talented players. It's become just as much about a coach's relationship with a player as it has his coaching ability.


Byron Scott, Cleveland Cavaliers

Byron Scott has seen starters Kyrie Irving, Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters lose time due to injuries this season, but that doesn't mean he's safe in Cleveland.

Stein wrote on April 5, "Scott is believed to have the support of the front office, but there's a growing sense in Cleveland that Gilbert will be moved to make a change regardless."

The Cavaliers have gone 24-57 this season. Then again, the injuries to their starters have made it difficult to judge the job Scott has done. Plus, you would think owner Dan Gilbert would realize this is a young team that needs time to develop.

The final year of Scott's contract, worth about $4.5 million, has already been picked up by the club, but there still seems to be some commotion that Scott is on the hot seat.

While it doesn't seem fair to fire Scott (considering the circumstances), the NBA is ultimately about getting results and Scott has had a miserable past three seasons in Cleveland.


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