By Daniel Friedman
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Derek Fisher is the latest NBA coaching casualty. He joins a handful of local bench bosses to find themselves out of jobs over the past few years.
Here are the five most recent examples:
1. Derek Fisher, Knicks
Derek Fisher (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Fired: Feb 8, 2016
Fisher’s dismissal was attributed to philosophical differences and off-court issues. Additionally, the Knicks were in the midst of a dramatic free fall, after demonstrating that they were perhaps ready to take the next step for much of the season.
2. Lionel Hollins, Nets
Fired: Jan 10, 2016
It’s been a bad season for Brooklyn basketball, and Hollins’ inevitable firing was just the latest reminder.
3. Rex Ryan, Jets
Fired: Dec 29, 2014
After multiple years of success, Gang Green plunged downward. Whether or not Ryan was to blame is up for debate, but either way, it’s clear a shakeup was necessary.
4. Pete DeBoer, Devils
Fired: Dec 27, 2014
His handling of younger players was questionable at best, and the Devils were in need of a new direction.
5. Mike Woodson, Knicks
Fired: April 21, 2014
Woodson did an admiral job after taking over behind the Knicks’ bench, but he was always a stopgap. Turns out, his successor also wound up being just that.