2007-08 NBA coaching changes

Originally Published: April 19, 2008
ESPN.com

2007-08 NBA COACHING CHANGES
TEAM OLD COACH NEW COACH
Bobcats
Bobcats
Sam Vincent -- Story
Vincent had pledged to get the expansion Bobcats into the playoffs in his first year as an NBA coach. The Bobcats went 32-50, prompting team president Michael Jordan to make a change.
Larry Brown -- Story
Jordan reached out to a fellow North Carolina Tar Heel in Brown, a well-traveled coach with a history of turning around troubled franchises, to make the Bobcats a winner.
Bulls
Bulls
Scott Skiles -- Story
A 9-16 start cost Skiles his job. He had led the Bulls to three playoff appearances, including a sweep of the defending champion Heat in last year's playoffs.
Jim Boylan -- Story
After replacing Skiles, the Bulls went 24-32 under interim coach Boylan, but it wasn't enough to keep the former assistant around for another year.
Vinny Del Negro -- Story
The former player and Suns assistant GM, a first-time head coach, takes over a team that went from 49 wins and the playoffs in 2006-07 to 49 losses last season. But Chicago does get the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Bucks
Bucks
Larry Krystkowiak -- Story
Krystowiak was fired by new GM John Hammond after the Bucks finished last in the Central Division with a 26-56 record.
Scott Skiles -- Story
Skiles, who was drafted out of Michigan State by the Bucks in the first round in 1986, got a fully guaranteed four-year contract to coach Milwaukee.
Heat
Heat
Pat Riley -- Story
Unless he comes back, Riley finishes his career with a 1,210-694 regular-season record, good for third most victories in NBA history behind Lenny Wilkens and Don Nelson.
Erik Spoelstra -- Story
Spoelstra came to the Heat in 1995 as video coordinator, and was promoted to assistant coach/video coordinator two years later. He's worked his way up the ladder in the organization.
Knicks
Knicks
Isiah Thomas -- Story
For the second time in the last three seasons, the Knicks posted a 59-loss season in 2007-08, costing head coach Isiah Thomas his job.
Mike D'Antoni -- Story
D'Antoni has a 267-172 career coaching record with the Suns and Nuggets. The Suns won at least 54 games in four of his five seasons, and he has a 26-25 record in the playoffs.
Mavericks
Mavericks
Avery Johnson -- Story
Johnson won 194 games in three-plus seasons, but the bottom line was Dallas' 3-12 record in the playoffs since blowing a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA Finals.
Rick Carlisle -- Story
Carlisle has a 281-211 career record and made consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference finals, once apiece with Detroit and Indiana. He's made the playoffs in five of his six seasons.
Pistons
Pistons
Flip Saunders -- Story
After three seasons and no NBA Finals appearances under Saunders, Pistons president Joe Dumars said a change was necessary.
 Michael Curry -- Story
The former Pistons role player and assistant, in his first head coaching job, takes over a team that has been to three straight conference finals.
Suns
Suns
Mike D'Antoni -- Story
D'Antoni left the Suns to take the Knicks' vacancy. The Suns won at least 54 games in four of his five seasons, and he has a 26-25 record in the playoffs.
Terry Porter -- Story
Suns GM Steve Kerr likes the combination of leadership skills that Porter, the former coach of the Bucks, brings to the table. The two were once teammates in San Antonio.