5 experienced NBA coaches with a terrible season record in history
Several coaches have either succeeded and become some of the most decorated coaches in NBA history, or they have completely failed. When it comes to success, names like Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich, and Steve Kerr spring to mind. These coaches, however, have not always slept on beds of flowers.
Coach Monty Williams is a wonderful example. Williams guided the Phoenix Suns to the top of the Western Conference with an astounding 64-18 record a couple of seasons ago. Fast forward to the current day, and Williams is coaching for the Detroit Pistons, where he is ranked dead last with a 2-21 win-loss record this season.
With that said, in this webstory, we'll look at five NBA coaches who have been around long enough to have experienced the lowest of lows in their careers.
The shortest-serving NBA coach is Steve Kerr. He won four NBA titles in 10 seasons. In 2015-16, he led the Golden State Warriors to a 73-9 record, shattering the Chicago Bulls' 72-10 record. No matter how high you rise as a coach, you will fall. At 15-50 in 2019-20, Kerr had a horrible coaching season. Even though he was a three-time coach champion, it surprised everyone. Since his star players were missing that season, he is only partly to blame.
1) Steve Kerr (15-50)
The NBA has had Gregg Popovich for 35 years. From assistant coach to head coach, he has been committed to the San Antonio Spurs. Coach Pop is unique because he built a championship dynasty without trading superstars as most teams do. Some rosters are hard to win, regardless of coaching ability. The Spurs had the lowest NBA record last season, 22-60. Many say San Antonio tanked for Victor Wembanayama. Though true, Popovich can't succeed with coaching alone. If the franchise wants to maximize Coach Pop's tenure in the league, they must add stars.
2) Gregg Popovich (22-60)
This list includes Rick Carlisle, another longtime coach. Since becoming Indiana Pacers head coach, they've done well. They reached the first NBA In-Season Tournament title game and are in the Eastern Conference's top five. Carlisle's Pacers weren't always so good. Rick Carlisle returned to the Pacers as head coach in 2021-22. From 2003 to 2007, he coached the team. Although it must have felt good to have a familiar face returning, Carlisle's 25-57 record was not winning.
3) Rick Carlisle (25-57)
After LeBron James left the Cleveland Cavaliers, Mike Brown coached them in 2013-14. Despite Kyrie Irving's help, it didn't go as planned. With Brown as head coach, James' first Cavs team dominated the Eastern Conference and reached the Finals in 2007. Mike Brown couldn't replicate his magic, and the Cavs went 33-49.
4) Mike Brown (33-49)
The 2021-22 LA Lakers, head coached by Frank Vogel, was a major disaster. Many expected a championship-winning season that year, considering how star-studded the roster was. The Lakers were composed of Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Rajon Rondo, and Russell Westbrook at the time. That's six All-Star-caliber players in one team.Unfortunately, things didn't turn out as planned and coach Vogel came up with a disappointing 33-49 record, failing to live up to expectations. He became jobless the following season before coming back to coach the Phoenix Suns this year.
5) Frank Vogel (33-49)
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