found this funny...
Why bother with last year's rankings? Check out our continually updated rankings of 2003/04's Top Coaches and many other power rankings. 1. Phil Jackson, L.A. Lakers -- Hard to argue with the ZenMaster; the man's racked up an astounding 9 NBA Titles in 11 coaching seasons. Of course, having the two best players in the game on your team every year doesn't hurt.
2. Larry Brown, Philadelphia 76ers -- Has won everywhere he's gone, often with only one star and a cast of clowns surrounding him.
3. Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz -- Sloan's coaching prowess has gotten lost in the Stockton-to-Malone shuffle, but few can match his track record.
4. Pat Riley, Miami Heat -- The King of Pre-Game Planning can still pull out a win with the most marginal talent.
5. Don Nelson, Dallas Mavericks -- Long considered the most innovative mind in the game, Nelson's teams will always be woefully unprepared on defense.
6. Doc Rivers, Orlando Magic -- A rising star in the ranks whose in-game coaching needs a few more years of playoff seasoning.
7. Rick Carlisle, Detroit Pistons -- A la Larry Brown, Carlisle showed an uncanny ability to get his players to accept their roles for the good of the team.
8. Flip Saunders, Minnesota Timberwolves -- The T-Wolves are hardly the fifth or even sixth most talented team in the Western Conference, yet they always seem to be seeded there come playoff time. Draw your own conclusions.
9. George Karl, Milwaukee Bucks -- It's been a tough five months for the acerbic Karl, failing to make the Playoffs with a team favored to win the East and then taking the fall for the World Basketball Championships debacle, but he's still right up there in terms of preparing his teams for battle. 10. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio Spurs -- Routinely outcoached in the big spot. It seems once things start going downhill for the Spurs, Popovich is clueless on how to adjust and turn the tide.
11. Jim O'Brien, Boston Celtics -- Score one for the "hands off" approach to coaching exemplified by O'Brien since taking over for Mr. Micromanagement, Rick Pitino.
12. Lenny Wilkens, Toronto Raptors -- Garners instant respect from even the most egotistical NBA pros, but his in-game coaching inspires no confidence.
13. Byron Scott, New Jersey Nets -- Maybe ranked a little high, but his no nonsense approach to coaching and dealing with the media make him one of our favorites.
14. Rick Adelman, Sacramento Kings -- Has been handed two of the most talented squads in the last 15 years and won nothing with them. His teams always appear lost in crunch time.
15. Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston Rockets -- A player's coach if there ever was one, he's had great success in taking the reigns off his players and letting them just play.
Only two of he 9 coaches that beat out pop are still coaching the same teams (except phil again) and of the six of them were fired...
....and only four of the top 15 weren't let go.....