The NBA coaches fighting for their respective jobs this postseason all share an unknown future heading into 2013-14.
For coaches like P.J. Carlesimo, the interim tag he earned in replacing Avery Johnson for the Brooklyn Nets is set to expire just as soon as the 2012-13 campaign concludes.
Could a strong run in the postseason secure the Nets' job for Carlesimo on a permanent basis? How far might he need to lead his team in order for that run to qualify as strong enough?
Similar questions also surround other coaches who have guided their team into the postseason on the final year of their current contract.
Despite winning 50-plus games for the Los Angeles Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, for example, Vinny Del Negro and Lionel Hollins are also among others who are fighting for their jobs this postseason for various reasons.