Detroit Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks became the first coaching victim of the 2013-14 NBA season when he was fired Feb. 9. Now that the first domino has fallen, other coaches around the league may follow.
Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer pointed out the inherent irony with regard to the Cheeks situation by saying via Twitter, “What were the odds a month ago that 1st NBA coach fired wouldn’t be from NYC?”
Betting men would have put their money on a coach like the New York Knicks' Mike Woodson or Cleveland Cavaliers' Mike Brown to be relieved of his duties first. Cheeks, however, never got the revamped Pistons clicking as a unit and became the eighth coach Detroit general manager Joe Dumars has dismissed since he took over the job in 2000, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.
If teams aren’t finding ways to win games, coaches will inevitably find themselves on the hot seat. Brooklyn Nets head coach Jason Kidd has cooled his off by winning Coach of the Month honors in January, but plenty of other candidates patrolling the sidelines will feel the heat moving forward.