When: Wed., Feb. 3, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Including the recent dismissal of Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt, there have been 221 head coaching changes in the NBA since Gregg Popovich took control of the Spurs back in 1996. Heading into this season, optimism abounded in New Orleans. The young Pelicans reached the playoffs by besting the champion Spurs, signed cornerstone Anthony Davis to a multiyear contract and brought new coach Alvin Gentry into the fold following his title run with the Warriors. Having battled injuries in the early part of the season, the Pelicans have underwhelmed and currently sit last in the Southwest Division. There are already early grumblings about Gentry’s new system and rotations, but unless you go by Pop and are deemed infallible, such is life in the NBA.