Mike D’Antoni can rest easy, because Flip Saunders has officially taken over sole ownership of NBA coaches on the hot seat after the Sacramento Kings relieved Paul Westphal of his duties late last week.
And now Saunders has his players to thank for turning the heat up.
Over the last two weeks D'Antoni, Saunders, and Westphal were the three names most associated when answering the question, “which NBA head coach will be the first fired this season?” While Westphal became the first coaching casualty of the season no thanks to his 2-5 record, failing to move Sacramento out of last place in the Pacific Division, and overall poor handling of the DeMarcus Cousins drama, the next head coach to go could come down to a one-man show.
For all the talk from pundits about the New York Knicks being the team to beat in the Eastern Conference this season, D’Antoni at least has his team playing at a .500 level. Considering he’s kept the Knicks’ ship afloat with key injuries to Iman Shumpart, Jar...