SAN ANTONIO Front offices across the NBA seem to be panicking a bit these days. Job security has long been an oxymoron for coaches in this league, but even by that what-have-you-done-for-me-lately standard, this offseason has been particularly volatile.
Twelve coaches have been fired since the season ended, including the Coach of the Year and five others who led teams to the playoffs.
Setting franchise records for victories in a season gets you fired these days. Leading your team to the Western Conference finals gets you fired these days. One tough season coaching a roster full of journeymen and rookies gets you fired these days.
"Coaching has never been valued less and blamed more," said ESPN analyst Jeff Van Gundy, the former coach of the Knicks and Rockets. "Failure gets you fired, and success gets you fired."
The San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat, meanwhile, have become models of stability.
"It's a terrible state for the profession right now," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "We see it differently, the San Antonio organization and the Miami Heat organization. (To have) true success in the NBA, you must have consistency of culture."
Union Members of the National Basketball Players Association are in no rush to hire a search firm to help select a new executive director. The focus is on getting more players involved in union activities, said Jerry Stackhouse, an 18-year NBA veteran and first vice president of the union.