(Bleacher Report) – On March 3 of this year, the Denver Nuggets fired head coach Brian Shaw. It was not a controversial decision. The Nuggets were listing. Shaw was struggling. A change seemed inevitable.
Shaw’s dismissal came 26 days after the Orlando Magic fired Jacque Vaughn, another embattled coach who seemed destined to fall.
Vaughn’s dismissal came 220 days after the Milwaukee Bucks fired Larry Drew, who lost his job 49 days after the Cleveland Cavaliers fired Mike Brown, who lost his job six days after the Golden State Warriors fired Mark Jackson, who was terminated 14 days after the Utah Jazz fired Tyrone Corbin, who was axed the day after Mike Woodson lost his job with the New York Knicks.
And his ouster came 71 days after the Detroit Pistons fired Maurice Cheeks.
Before Cheeks, it was Lionel Hollins (Memphis), Keith Smart (Sacramento), Alvin Gentry (Phoenix), Avery Johnson (Brooklyn), Paul Silas (Charlotte) and Nate McMillan (Portland).
Most of these moves were unremarkable. Each came with a plausible rationale: a failure to meet expectations, a clash between coach and players or coach and management, a vague call for change.
But this three-year flurry of firings, each unrelated to the next, produced an unintended cumulative effect: a dramatic decrease in black head coaches in the NBA.
By the time all vacancies had been filled this summer, there were seven—a 50 percent drop from three years ago, and the lowest total in 16 years.
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