Most Surprising Coach Firings

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  • 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
  • Dusty Baker, Cincinnati Reds
  • Terry Francona, Boston Red Sox
  • Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies
  • Billy Martin, New York Yankees
  • Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers

Golden State Warriors Fire Coach Mark Jackson

The Golden State Warriors' firing of head coach Mark Jackson on Tuesday shocked many NBA fans and players alike, and for good reason. Although he produced question marks after getting rid of two assistant coaches two weeks apart in April and there were rumored rifts between him and Golden State’s front office, Jackson led the Warriors to an impressive 51-win season. The Dubs finished as a sixth seed in the rugged Western Conference, and they came within seconds of defeating the No. 3 Los Angeles Clippers in Game 7 of their quarterfinal series. Perhaps Clippers coach Doc Rivers described Jackson’s termination best. “Things are crazy…” Rivers told ESPN, “Mark Jackson gets a team to multiple playoffs for the first time in a thousand years and gets fired.” Here, documents sports’ most surprising coaching firings. Mark, you’re not alone. (Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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