The NBA playoffs could make or break a lot of coaching careers. This year is no different for some coaches. Frank Vogel seems to have the most to lose, as the Pacers stumbled to the number one spot in the East, and they were embarrassed in game 1 against the Hawks. The Pacers looked dead in game 2, until the Pacers turned up the defense in the 4th quarter.
One playoff win has not eased the mounting pressure on Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel.
Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that Vogel, despite a 56-win season that secured the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference, is "coaching for his job" in the wake of a prolonged slide that has stretched into its third month.
The decision on whether to retain Vogel at season's end ultimately rests with Pacers president Larry Bird, sources said, but frustration throughout the organization has been mounting thanks to a nose dive that began in February with a loss in Orlando just before the All-Star break and has shown few signs of abating.
Expectations were raised not only externally but also internally after in-season moves Bird made to acquire Evan Turner from Philadelphia and add Andrew Bynum for bench depth on top of last summer's additions of Luis Scola and C.J. Watson. All of Bird's moves, sources said, were made with the intent to get the team at least one step further and back to the NBA Finals for the first time since 2000, when Bird was the coach.
After the Pacers blazing 40-11 start. The Pacers ended the season 16-15. The Pacers were on pace for the top spot throughout the NBA playoffs. But the Spurs went on a big run, and the Thunder played steady ball. I think the Pacers need to reach the Eastern Conference Finals for Vogel to keep his job. It's that or Larry Bird will find someone else. If I had to pick a coach in the playoffs right now. I would say Vogel is in the most trouble.
Another coach in the hot seat, which surprises me that he's there. Is Head Coach Tom Thibodeau of the Bulls. The Bulls have fallen down 2-0 against the Wizards, losing homecourt to the Wizards after the two losses.
Thibs has had the Rose injury and countless other mishaps. Tom Thibodeau is a legit coach hands down, and if the Bulls fire him. Then I just don't know anymore.
The Bulls have a chance to ensure that Thibodeau doesn't get the boot. Winning this series from behind would be big for Tom.
Mark Jackson is another that's been rumored to be on the coaches chopping block. That's just odd after Jackson has coached the Warriors to their first 50 win season since 1994. Their first back-to-back playoff appearances since the early 90's. Jackson has overachieved in my book.