---Larry Brown wasn't fired by Philly; he made the decision to leave because he wanted to go to Detroit.
Originally Posted by okclee
--Rick Carlisle made it to the conference finals the year after winning the award, but he had issues with ownership, and Dumars had Larry Brown lined up (even though Carlisle had beaten Brown in the playoffs a month before). Otherwise, Carlisle wouldn't have been fired after making it to the conference finals two years in a row. After he was fired by the Pistons, Carlisle won 61 games in his first season in Indiana and immediately took the Pacers to the eastern conference finals (marking Carlisle's third consecutive year in that round), losing to the eventual champion Pistons in six games. Carlisle's team was expected to be a championship contender the next season, but the Malice at the Palace ruined that and completely altered his tenure.
---Mike D'Antoni wasn't fired by Phoenix; Kerr wanted him to stay, but D'Antoni didn't like that Kerr was trying to tell him how to coach his team, so D'Antoni left for more money and more autonomy.
Getting fired doesn't make someone a bad coach. Quite often coaches are fired because management has unrealistic expectations and/or it's often easier to throw a coach under the bus rather than to take the heat as an executive for not assembling the right collection of players. There isn't a single coach on that list that I would consider a "bad" coach. Outside of Detroit booting Carlisle for Brown, none of those teams had more success after firing/losing those coaches. Sam Mitchell is probably the least regarded coach on that list, and look at Toronto during and after his tenure. After taking Toronto to the playoffs in back-to-back years, he was fired after an 8-9 start. Then team then tanked under Triano, and they're barely hanging on the #8 seed this season despite all of the money they spent upgrading the roster in the offseason.
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