Challenges for new coaches in Western Conference
To get familiar with all of the new faces, let's break down each hire. We'll focus on the Western Conference here and examine the Eastern Conference later this week.
Bottom line: This is one of those matches that sounded so good you never thought it would actually happen. Rivers takes over just as the Clippers should be ready to take the next step after making the playoffs the last two seasons. Expectations will be high right from the start.
Bottom line: With so many players back from one of the league's best teams, Joerger will be on the spot from Day One. This isn't a team in the throes of rebuilding; the Grizzlies are expecting a fourth consecutive playoff appearance and hopefully another deep postseason run.
Bottom line: Hornacek's lack of coaching experience makes him a bold choice, but what do the Suns have to lose? Hornacek can grow on the job without immediate pressure to make the playoffs.
Bottom line: Malone has the pedigree to be a great NBA coach, but he couldn't have picked a tougher proving ground than Sacramento. Ranadive is saying all of the right things and appears motivated to revive the team, but the combination of the Kings' roster and culture of losing makes this turnaround job as difficult as any in the league.