BOSTON — Earlier this week we saw our first head coaching casualty of the NBA season when the Detroit Pistons fired Mo Cheeks after just 50 games.
While that may seem like a short period of time, the Pistons were only going to get worse under Cheeks' lead.
He became the latest member of Pistons pension fund for fired head coaches, a group formed that came into existence in 2009 that now includes Michael Curry, John Kuester and Lawrence Frank who were all fired within two seasons of taking the job.
Cheeks' firing speaks to how unpredictable things can get when expectations by ownership aren't met, regardless of how much time you are on the job.
For example, Toronto head coach Dwyane Casey came into the season knowing he was on thin ice with the new regime in Toronto. He has handled it the way you're supposed to — just win some games, baby!
Others who began the season on shaky ground, Terry Stotts in Portland and Randy Wittman in Washington, have taken a similar route.
Because of their success, they remain among the 30 privileged to be an NBA head coach as their teams continue to play at or above the expectations of many - namely ownership.
And with that, here's the latest NBA power rankings: