Fired by: Denver Nuggets
Tenure: June 24, 2013-Mar. 3, 2015 (1.7 years)
The writing was on the wall when: It had become fairly apparent that Shaw, one of nine first-time NBA head coaches hired two years ago, lost the confidence of his locker room even before seemingly suggesting to reporters that his players were losing on purpose. It became even more obvious his players had turned on him when they broke a huddle with “One, two, three, six weeks!”—as in, only six more weeks to go until the end of a disastrous season. Shaw will be replaced by interim coach Melvin Hunt.
Fired by: Sacramento Kings
Tenure: June 3, 2013- Dec. 15, 2014 (1.5 years)
The writing was on the wall when: Malone was part of the same crazy hiring spree that saw Shaw rise to a head coach position. Like him, Malone also failed to last even two full years. It came as a bit of a shock because Malone lead the Kings to more wins this season than they saw in each of their last two. However, sources said that Malone didn’t see eye-to-eye with management on the team’s play style, and that factored heavily into their decision to hand him a pink slip. Tough. More recently, Tyrone Corbin, Malone’s replacement during the interim, has handed the reigns over to George Karl, Denver’s former longtime head coach.
Fired by: Orlando Magic
Tenure: July 28, 2012-Feb. 5, 2015 (2.5 years)
The writing was on the wall when: Like many coaches tasked with developing a rebuilt team, Vaughn was given a certain amount of leeway when it came to losing during to the time it takes to create a well-gelled roster. However, fans and team brass can only handle so much disappointment. Management zeroed their sites on Vaughan after his Magic started the season with an atrocious 15-37 record. Ten of those were consecutive losses. Rather than stay stuck in a rut, the Magic canned him and named James Borrego interim coach.
On the chopping block
Team: Washington Wizards
Tenure: June 4, 2012-Present
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