Shortest NBA Head Coaching Stints Ever

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Shortest NBA Head Coaching Stints Ever
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When Joe Dumars fired Maurice Cheeks on February 10, it ended his run just 50 games into his first season as the Detroit Pistons head coach, raising the question: What were the shortest coaching stints ever?

ESPN conveniently offered a list of coaches who barely had time to get unpacked before they started repacking, but that only tells us the “who,” not the “why?” and that’s the fun part!

Here are the intriguing stories of how the five shortest-tenured coaches came to meet their early demise, and a couple of others, who, while they didn't quite qualify for the list, still make for some interesting conversation.

The list only includes coaches who started the season with a new job. No interim coaches or midseason hirings were included. They are placed in the order of fewest games coached.

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