Let’s cut to the chase.
David Blatt, with the sixth-highest career regular-season winning percentage and second-highest playoff winning percentage of any coach in NBA history got fired because his players didn’t like him. It’s as simple as that.
In today’s NBA, the inability to reach and lead your players trumps won-loss record every time.
That may not be fair but — Jeff Van Gundy’s Saturday night filibuster notwithstanding — it’s the reality. Because in the NBA unless you’re a coach who is a former NBA player, or one with big time championship credentials (i.e. Gregg Popovich), good luck trying to keep your team from tuning you out.
The NBA is a players league. The stars run the show and the stars, followed dutifully by the rank and file, prefer to be coached by former players, because they respect former players more, and the teams coached by former players tend to win the most.