Nets & Suns Game will Have New Coaches on Both SidesPosted by: Mike Davis
In professional basketball, it’s all too common for online NBA betting fans to have to get used to a change at the coaching position. Whether or not the change was warranted is one thing, but the majority of the time the change comes because the upper echelons of a franchise’s management believe that it was needed. Sometimes they jump the gun and fire a coach prematurely, and other times they wait entirely too long to part ways with a guy who’s doing more damage than good. It can be tough to figure out the right time to fire a head coach, but both the Phoenix Suns and the Brooklyn Nets decided mid-way through the 2015-16 season was a pristine time to part ways with their head coaches. Seeing a coach get fired midseason is a clear indication that things have gone awry, but it’s also an indication that both the franchise and the fans are desperate for a change.
After Jason Kidd led the Brooklyn Nets to a Conference Semifinals at the end of the 2013-14 season, the Nets organization still thought that it would be a good idea to trade the coaches rights in exchange for two 2nd round draft picks. Looking back, it’s clear to online NBA betting fans that this was a mistake. One year after a defiant playoff finish, with Lionel Hollins being the new head coach, Brooklyn finished the season with 6 fewer wins. Although the finish was strong enough to qualify the Nets for the postseason, once inside Brooklyn would lose in the first round. The following year, the Nets started the season so poorly that they had no choice but to kick Lionel Collins to the curb. In 2016 they brought in Kenny Atkinson, but after a 3-4 start, most fans are ruling out a Brooklyn nets playoff appearance.
The Phoenix Suns have a somewhat similar story. In 2013, following a 25-57 season, the Suns decided to bring in Jeff Hornacek as their head coach. In his first year at the helm, Hornacek led the Suns to a 48-34 record, which was a great turnaround, but still not good enough to qualify for the postseason. In the 2014-15 season, the Suns took a step back and finished with a losing record of 39-43. Then in 2015 Phoenix would deliver a performance so disappointing that basketball betting sites had no choice but give the Suns some of the worst odds available on NBA futures’ lines. Obviously Hornacek was let go and Phoenix turned to Earl Watson to lead this team in 2016.
Of the two team’s parallel managerial decisions, which one has been more fruitful? The Suns and the Nets will get a chance to answer that question on the basketball court this Saturday. The Suns will be coming in at 3-6 while the Nets will be coming in at 3-5. With such similar records, it’s unclear which team the online NBA betting odds will favor. But whoever does win can brag about having better management.