10 Worst Coaches in NBA History

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By: Aquib Nawab


Magic Johnson, a legendary player, had a short-lived coaching career with the Los Angeles Lakers. In just 16 games, he managed only five wins, revealing that great players don't always make great coaches.

1. Magic Johnson

Credits: Forbes

Derek Fisher's coaching career with the New York Knicks was marked by underperformance. Hired in 2014, his record was a disappointing 40-96, reflecting his lack of readiness for the coaching role.

2. Derek Fisher

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3. Isiah Thomas

Isiah Thomas, once a star with the Detroit Pistons, struggled as a coach for the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. His coaching tenure was marred by a lack of seriousness and an overreliance on his reputation, culminating in a mere .341% win record.

Credits: NY Times

Brian Winters faced tough challenges coaching the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies in 1995. His record was a dismal 23-102 over two seasons, and his subsequent season with Golden State didn't fare much better.

4. Brian Winters

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Kurt Rambis's coaching career is a tale of nepotism and unfulfilled potential. Despite his connections with the Buss family and Phil Jackson, his coaching record was a lackluster 56-145 with the Lakers and Knicks.

5. Kurt Rambis

Credits: San Diego Union Tribune

6. John Beilein

John Beilein's story is a cautionary tale about the transition from college to the NBA. His successful tenure with the Michigan Wolverines didn't translate to the NBA, leading to a 14-40 record with the Cleveland Cavaliers and an abrupt resignation.

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Stephen Silas's time in Houston was supposed to be about developing young talent, but it ended with a 59-177 record over three seasons. His replacement, Ime Udoka, quickly turned the team around, highlighting Silas's shortcomings.

7. Stephen Silas

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Luke Walton's temporary success as a stand-in coach for Steve Kerr at Golden State created unrealistic expectations. His subsequent failures with the Kings and Lakers led him back to an assistant coach role with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

8. Luke Walton

Credits: Silver Screen And Roll

9. Jason Kidd

Jason Kidd's coaching career has been a mix of unconventional methods and fleeting successes. His time with the Brooklyn Nets and Dallas Mavericks showed flashes of brilliance but also stagnation, especially with the Mavericks in recent seasons.

Credits: JS Online

Tim Floyd's coaching tenure with the Chicago Bulls in the post-Jordan era was a tough assignment. His record of 49-190 over three seasons, followed by a mediocre year with the New Orleans Hornets, underscored the challenges he faced.

10. Tim Floyd

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