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5 NBA Coaches Who Could Be Fired by All-Star Break

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 22:  Head coach Frank Vogel of the LA Clippers calls a play courtside during a 112-102 loss to the LA Clippers in the Clippers season home opener at Staples Center on October 22, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Los Angeles Clippers | Harry How/Getty Images

The NBA is a cold, unforgiving business for head coaches. One bad two-week stretch, and your entire philosophy is sent packing. The league is full of first-time coaches like John Beilein and Taylor Jenkins, who will get some time to work out the kinks, as well as veterans like Gregg Popovich and Erik Spoelstra who will have the job until they decide to hang it up.

However, these five coaches could be on the hot seat if their teams don't live up to expectations over the next few months.

5. Alvin Gentry, New Orleans Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - OCTOBER 11: Head coach Alvin Gentry of the New Orleans Pelicans reacts during a preseason game against the Utah Jazz at the Smoothie King Center on October 11, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
Utah Jazz v New Orleans Pelicans | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

As much as they might not like to admit it, the Pelicans are in a rebuild, as they've loaded up on young talent with an eye toward the future. While the 65-year-old Gentry's up-tempo offense seems perfect for this bunch, he's only made the playoffs once during his tenure in New Orleans, and GM David Griffin can and should show him the door if he proves he's not the patient guy required to lead the rebuild in the Big Easy.

4. Jim Boylen, Chicago Bulls

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - OCTOBER 17:  Head coach Jim Boylen of the Chicago Bulls looks on in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during a preseason game at the United Center on October 17, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
Atlanta Hawks v Chicago Bulls | Dylan Buell/Getty Images

This isn't the Bulls of the last few years that were hanging on for dear life in the East. With Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen, Coby White, and Wendell Carter all healthy and ready to perform, the Bulls have a terrific young core that can make some noise in the East. If Chicago doesn't take major step forward, Boylen might be gone.

3. Frank Vogel, Los Angeles Lakers

SHENZHEN, CHINA - OCTOBER 12: Head coach Frank Vogel of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts during the match against the Brooklyn Nets during a preseason game as part of 2019 NBA Global Games China at Shenzhen Universiade Center on October 12, 2019 in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers v Brooklyn Nets - NBA China Games 2019 | Zhong Zhi/Getty Images

Vogel's Pacers teams were the biggest threat to LeBron's Big 3 in Miami once upon a time, but his reputation as a coach took a nosedive following a nightmarish stint in Orlando. James has been known to tune out coaches when he doesn't respect their basketball acumen, so Vogel needs to prove himself to LA's star tandem. With Lionel Hollins and Jason Kidd as an insurance policy, Vogel should be gone the second the Lakers start slipping.

2. Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Scott Brooks looks on against the New York Knicks during the first half at Capital One Arena on October 7, 2019 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
New York Knicks v Washington Wizards | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

This one is a matter of when, not if. The team is just too dysfunctional and Brooks might not be able to handle it with his yesteryear coaching tactics. Washington will need a young, patient coach to guide this team in the future, and neither of those traits apply to Brooks. This is probably the last year in town for Brooks, but the organization could expedite his firing and can him before the break.

1. Billy Donovan, Oklahoma City Thunder

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - APRIL 10:  Head coach Billy Donovan of the Oklahoma City Thunder looks on in the first quarter against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Fiserv Forum on April 10, 2019 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
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Donovan was the architect of Russell Westbrook's triple-double fetish, but he was unable to take teams that featured Westbrook paired with either Kevin Durant or Paul George to the finals. With Westbrook gone and the Thunder eyeing the future thanks to their treasure trove of draft picks, keeping a retread that frankly was a massive disappointment in Donovan makes little to no sense for Sam Presti.