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Somehow, someway a coach of the year candidate lost his job on Tuesday evening.

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There are many NBA teams that quickly move on from head coaches. The coaching carousel in The Association is always quickly-revolving and job security doesn’t come easy for a NBA coach.

There are a few names in NBA coaching that come to mind when someone says job security. Until Tuesday evening, Billy Donovan was one of those names.

After being dealt less than a 1% chance to make the NBA Playoffs, Donovan and his veteran point guard Chris Paul hustled their team to a respectable 44-28 record and the fifth-seed in the Western Conference. It was far and away the most efficient and successful year Donovan has had with the Thunder.

So when the news broke that they’d “mutually parted ways,” something didn’t line up. Nonetheless, Donovan is now on the job hunt and will surely find a new landing spot quickly. Most remembered for his back-to-back championships at Florida, Donovan has posted a 243-157 record in the NBA (winning percentage of 60.8%).

He’s been serviceable in the NBA and proved he can coach up players regardless of the situation. With plenty of holes in the NBA, Donovan should at least a few options to choose from on where he will land next.

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In addition to being one of the best coaches of his generation, Donovan is also a great human being.

How about those NBA Wildcats!?!?


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