Fans are rightfully excited for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, but coaches are forced to take a more cautious approach.
For them, there is no such thing as job security. The chopping block is always well within their sights.
Just ask 2012-13 Coach of the Year George Karl. He led the Denver Nuggets to an NBA franchise-best 57 wins last season before being ousted in June.
Or former Memphis Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins. After coaching the Grizzlies to a 56-win regular season and a berth in the 2013 Western Conference Finals, Hollins was not given a new contract.
Despite their achievements, both coaches are still searching for their next job.
Contrary to popular belief, winning isn't always enough.
Coaches are judged on how and when they win games. And how the young talent is (or isn't) coming along in its development. Or whether the players are working toward a common goal or more interested in chasing their individual pursuits.
Some coaches feel the heat more than others. And for the seven unlucky names on this list, their temperatures are already racing up the thermometer.