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What Is Going On With The NBA’s Head Coach Pool?

Yesterday, the NBA and its fans celebrated the mid-point of the 2009 season with the NBA All-Star game and a ridiculously amazing dance by Shaq in a mask.  How much time did he spend practicing that routine?  Anyway, more importantly, only one day later, the seventh NBA head coach was fired this season.  Terry Porter received the news late last night.  What is going on here?  Eight head coaches fired at the close of the first half of the season?  Are owners holding their coaches to a higher level of accountability in a tough economy, or is it something else?  At least Career Sports & Entertainment is relieved that no more of their coach clients have been fired.  By the way, who represents Porter?

Who will be next to go?  Many in Detroit are calling for Michael Curry‘s head.  What can agents do to protect their coach clients who currently possess head coaching positions within the NBA?  With so many coaches being fired, that means that there are openings for other coaches to take those open spots.  You better believe that this has been a very active season for coach agents, each trying to persuade GMs and other execs why organizations should bring their clients into the new regimes.

Ease the pain. Enjoy Shaq…

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.