How NBA Coaches Have Weathered Injuries to Their Stars

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How NBA Coaches Have Weathered Injuries to Their Stars
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A lot changes when an NBA star retreats to the locker room with what will later be officially revealed as a major injury.

Unfortunately, the 2013-14 season has given us plenty of chances to figure out what exactly "a lot" entails. With Kobe Bryant, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, Al Horford, Tyson Chandler, Deron Williams, Andre Iguodala and so many other prominent players missing significant time, plenty of coaches have been forced into weathering the storm. 

And yes, there's always a storm. 

Some coaches are fantastic at navigating their teams out of the rough waters and into a patch of smooth sailing, while others just hold on for dear life. Others still immediately capsize their ships and watch as the roster drowns without so much as throwing out something inflatable. 

There's no easy way to figure out what makes some successful where others fail. Every situation is at least a little bit different from the others, but that doesn't mean the overall landscape is devoid of similarities. 

In order to identify them, let's begin with the coaches who can't adjust after injuries and work our way forward from there. 

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