Mike Monroe's analysis: Who will be fired next
Web Posted: 03/31/2007 08:38 PM CDT
San Antonio Express-News
Here are the top five candidates for the unemployment line among coaches, with odds on their being dismissed. We will leave Bernie Bickerstaff and Tony Barone out of the equation since we already know they won't be back next season.
1-5 — Bob Hill, SuperSonics:
Hill last week stated his case for a new contract, saying he always has left a footprint wherever he has coached, including in Indiana and the Spurs. His contract is up in June, and the only footprint will be owner Clay Bennett's on Hill's behind after he gives him the boot.
3-1 — Eric Musselman, Kings:
Musselman's first season in Sacramento went awry with his arrest for driving while intoxicated before he had coached a game. Things never improved much, and there are whispers about the players "tuning out" Musselman. You have to wonder why the Maloof family interviewed only Musselman, Mario Elie and John Whisenant, who coaches their WNBA team, before hiring Musselman.
4-1 — Rick Carlisle, Pacers: The Pacers have been in a funk since the All-Star break and it looks like they will miss the playoffs. Carlisle may be held accountable. The good news: Rumor has it he will land in Seattle after Hill is let go.
6-1 — Randy Wittman, Timberwolves:
The Wolves fired Dwane Casey when they were 20-20 and made Wittman interim coach, with the understanding he would get a shot at the job on a permanent basis. Since then they have gone 10-22 and Kevin Garnett isn't happy.
10-1 — Brian Hill, Magic:
Hill has received the dreaded vote of confidence from GM Otis Smith, which is reason enough to put him on the list. He also has a contract through 2008-09, which is why his odds are highest on this list.