Mark Jackson led the Golden State Warriors to a 51-win season and to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1992. But it just wasn’t meant to be.
Mark Jackson has been fired. This, despite the Warriors having their first 50-win season since 1993-94.
— Numbers Never Lie (@ESPN_Numbers) May 6, 2014
Larry Bird just told me his sources say Frank Vogel’s job is safe. @Pacers
— Kevin Pritchard (@PacersKev) April 24, 2014
Back in November, Bovada released its list of odds for who would be the first head coach fired in the 2013-14 season. The favorite? Washington Wizards Coach Randy Wittman (2-to-1), but he has since weathered the storm. Four coaches this season have not been so lucky. Two others have voluntarily decided to look for greener pastures.
|Departure date||Team||Outgoing head coach||Reason for departure|
|9-Feb||Detroit Pistons||Maurice Cheeks||Fired|
|21-Apr||Minnesota Timberwolves||Rick Adelman||Retired|
|21-Apr||New York Knicks||Mike Woodson||Fired|
|21-Apr||Utah Jazz||Tyrone Corbin||Contract not renewed|
|30-Apr||Los Angeles Lakers||Mike D’Antoni||Resigned|
|6-May||Golden State Warriors||Mark Jackson||Fired|
Not only is Wittman still standing, but he is now the longest-tenured head coach of a Washington area team by a wide margin.