Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Mark Jackson fired, Golden State Warriors
  • Jimmy Johnson, Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Barry Switzer
  • Lovie Smith, Chicago Bears
  • Andy Reid, Philadelphia Eagles
  • Maurice Cheeks, Detroit Pistons

Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies

Lionel Hollins’ coaching contract wasn’t renewed after a 2012-13 season that saw him lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 56-win season and the Western Conference Finals. Wait...huh? Hollins would later comment that he felt “wronged” and that “life isn’t fair.” He’s right, life isn't fair, but it sure is full of surprises. This was one. (Photo: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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