Why These 7 NBA Coaches May Get Fired Before the New Year

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Why These 7 NBA Coaches May Get Fired Before the New Year
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New York Knicks coach Mike Woodson finds himself on the hot seat after a rocky start to the 2013-14 season.

One-quarter of the way into the 2013-14 NBA season, nearly half of the Eastern Conference's coaches find themselves on the hot seat.

With 13 teams starting off the year with new head coaches, some of these struggles could be foreseen from a mile away. Jason Kidd spent all of 10 days between retiring as a player and becoming a coach, leaving him very little time to learn the ropes.

Others, such as Mike Brown and Larry Drew, have no such excuse. Both were experienced coaches brought in to lead their respective teams to the 2014 playoffs, but neither of their squads are anywhere close to legitimate contenders through mid-December.

The overwhelming mediocrity of the Eastern Conference may end up temporarily sparing many of the coaches currently in danger of being fired. After all, despite the struggles of Brown's Cleveland Cavaliers, his 8-13 squad is within a half-game of the No. 8 seed.

If any of the seven teams featured here stumble much further, however, their coaches could be getting the ax before New Year's day.

 

Note: All statistics and records are current through games played on Dec. 11. Coaches are listed here based on the likelihood of their firing, from least to most.

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