In the NBA, with 15 players collectively making somewhere north of $60 million in salary and being almost impossible to replace, it is no wonder that the coach and his assistants are the usual fall guys for poor performance. Few jobs carry so much responsibility with such little real authority.
I have a tremendous history with coaches. It started by growing up with an NBA Coach of the Year living across the hall from me for my entire childhood.
That helped me grow up to have an 18-year NBA career playing for 15 different coaches. And when you consider that I had one coach (Doug Moe) for eight of those years, that means that I went through 14 coaches in the other 10 years. I was not a coach-killer, but it does show the life expectancy of a coach is about the same as a fruit fly.
Could the season be over already?
This is the last regular-season edition of The Bernucca List, our weekly test of your NBA knowledge. It’s been fun and challenging coming up with these lists, and we hope it has been the same for you.
Last week’s list was correctly solved by reader KleRoi, who answered, “Teams that never have reached the conference finals.”
Believe it or not, the Atlanta Hawks are on the list. They are the only team that predates the formation of conferences in 1971 that has not played in a conference final.
KleRoi also asked, “What did I win?” You win our undying gratitude for being a somewhat regular visitor to our site.
This week’s list is below. If you think you know the answer, enter it as a comment or send me a Tweet.
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