Written by Tom D’Angelo
Erik Spoelstra becomes more of a rarity with each coaching firing.
Former Heat coach Stan Van Gundy and the Pistons parted ways today, pushing the number to eight teams that have fired their coach since the start of last season.
More than half of the teams have changed coaches in the last two years and more could come as the playoffs progress. This despite no coaching changes from the end of the 2016-17 season to the start of 2017-18.
Since Spoelstra’s first season as the Heat coach in 2008-09, there have been 116 coaching changes in the league, including interim coaches, and the five remaining openings that will be filled in the coming weeks. During that time 132 coaches have led the 29 other teams.
Spoelstra, 47, just completed his 10th season in Miami. The Nets have had nine different coaches and Kings have had eight during that span.
Only San Antonio and Dallas have not changed coaches since Spoelstra’s first season. The Spurs’ Gregg Popovich is the lone head coach who has been with his current team longer than Spoelstra. Spoelstra was hired April 28, 2008, 11 days before the Mavericks put Rick Carlisle in charge.