NBA head coaches are not going to be perfect every season.
There are going to be struggles throughout a year and sometimes those can be too difficult to overcome.
It is hard to manage all fronts with a team.
The egos, rotation, and injuries are hard to deal with over the course of an NBA season.
Not every team is designed or destined to win.
However, a team should at least trend upward rather than a constant downward spiral.
A team should get better or find some bright spots.
Unfortunately, you cannot say that about every team and coach.
There are a few of them that seem out of place and having a hard time managing their team.
Here are two head coaches that need to be let go.
2. Stan Van Gundy, New Orleans Pelicans
The New Orleans Pelicans had some promise this season.
They were primed to at least compete for a playoff spot.
Ultimately, they fell short of their expectations.
The Pelicans finished with a 31-41 record, despite Zion dominating the league.
Ingram still had a pretty good season as well.
The problem was their head coach, Stan Van Gundy.
The game has passed Van Gundy by.
Their ability to blow leads was also astonishing.
They blew a total of 14 games where they had a double-digit lead.
A statistic like that falls on the head coach.
Furthermore, the players had a hard time meshing well with Van Gundy.
Some Pels players weren't pleased with SVG's decisions over the course of New Orleans' 31-41 season. 👀 pic.twitter.com/nh1OuHTQKg
— theScore (@theScore) May 25, 2021
Van Gundy has only been there for a year, but it is not going well at all.
Perhaps it is time for the marriage to end already, before it is too late.
1. Luke Walton, Sacramento Kings
It is easy to feel bad for Sacramento Kings fans.
They have not seen a Kings team make the playoffs since 2006.
Think about where you were in 2006.
That is 15 years without postseason basketball.
The Kings have been in a constant rebuild for so many years now.
Some had hopes of them making the newly invented play-in tournament this season.
For them to even have a chance to make the playoffs is moving the franchise in the right direction.
This season was the opposite of that hopeful dream.
The Kings finished the season 31-41 for the second straight year and are still stuck in the lottery.
There is talent on this team with several key players.
De’Aaron Fox is a standout player that can be an All-Star one day.
Buddy Hield is a legit knockdown shooter.
Marvin Bagley III has struggled with injuries, but is still a nice young big man to build around.
All of that talent has gone to waste under head coach Luke Walton.
For two straight seasons, Walton has not made this team better at all.
Also, this is not Walton’s first head coaching job.
He was the head man with the Los Angeles Lakers and never made the playoffs in his three seasons with that franchise.
Now Walton is still having a hard time finding success.
They should give Walton his walking papers, but that seems unlikely at the moment.
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) May 17, 2021
Walton is not the man for this job.
The Kings need to make the change as they try to find their way back into the NBA playoffs.