Disappointment. That's the best way to sum up the divergent reasons why seven of the 30 NBA teams opted to change coaches after the 2009-10 season.
Yes, the woeful Nets, with a league-low 12 wins, predictably cleaned house, but so did the Cavaliers, who bagged a league-best 61 victories and were thought to have had the inside track on re-signing
What follows is a recap, and a handicapping, of the coaching changes. As we run down the list, taking the seven teams with new coaches in alphabetical order, it is helpful to remember the caveat buried in the fine print of most financial transactions: Past success or failure is not a reliable indicator of future performance.
Thibodeau has never been a head coach, and NBA history is littered with highly esteemed lieutenants who fail to live up to expectations as the lead guy. With the Bulls' storied past and hope for the near future, Thibodeau is under even more pressure.