SECAUCUS, N.J., May 31, 2007 -- At least nine out of the 30 teams in the NBA will start the 2007-08 with a different coach roaming the sidelines then they had at the tipoff of the 2006-07 campaign.
The coaching carousel is picking up again after slowly revolving all season through Mike Fratello/Tony Barone Sr. on Dec. 28, Dwane Casey/Randy Wittman on Jan. 23 and Terry Stotts/Larry Krystkowiak on March 14.
The Bobcats' Bernie Bickerstaff coached his last game in Charlotte on April 18 (Managing Member of Basketball Operations Michael Jordan announced that change on March 13), followed by the Kings letting Eric Musselman go on April 20, the SuperSonics saying goodbye to Bob Hill on April 24, the Pacers parting ways with Rick Carlisle on April 25, the Rockets parting ways with Jeff Van Gundy on May 18 after four seasons and the Magic announcing Brian Hill will not return as Head Coach on May 23.
On May 31, the Grizzlies named Marc Iavaroni as the team’s new head coach and the Pacers announced Jim O'Brien as their new coach. Later in the day, the Orlando Magic followed suit by naming U. of Florida coach Billy Donovan as their new head coach. But Donovan decided to return to coaching the Gators and the Magic released him from his contract on June 6. On June 7, the Magic named former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy as their new head coach. On June 19, the Kings brought Reggie Theus home to patrol the sidelines.
P.J. Carlesimo was named the new coach of the Seattle SuperSonics by general manager Sam Presti on July 5.
NBA.com will keep you abreast of all the rumors swirling around the league of potential candidates for the vacancies.
News Around the Web
- Sonics name P.J. Carlesimo head coach
Kings.com - Kings name Reggie Theus head coach
Magic.com - Magic name Stan Van Gundy head coach
Magic.com - Magic grant Donovan permission to break contract
Commercial Appeal - New coach Iavaroni is a student of the game
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando Magic hire Billy Donovan as coach
Indianapolis Star - Bird brings in O'Brien
Orlando Sentinel - Report: Billy Donovan Expected to Become Magic Coach
Houston Chronicle - Owner Says Everybody on Board With Van Gundy Decision
Orlando Sentinel - Orlando Magic GM Makes Call to Fire Brian Hill
Bergen Record - Nets' Bill Cartwright to Sacto?
Memphis Commercial Appeal - Grizzlies to see Larry Brown, Kiki Vandeweghe
Indianapolis Star - Carlisle, Bird remain friends
Seattle Weekly - Lenny Wilkens, Rick Adelman, Dwane Casey potential Sonic answers