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Blake Edwards
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List Rules Only NBA head coaches, as long as he is terrible

The worst NBA coaches of all time are some of the worst basketball coaches to take the reins of professional basketball teams. They will always be remembered for their contributions to their individual teams but not for the championships and high winning percentages. Plain and simple, these worst National Basketball Association coaches set the bar for how not to coach professional basketball teams.

Similar to the worst NHL coaches of all time, many of these bad NBA coaches had stellar playing careers but when their playing days were over and they made the leap to coaching, things didn't go so well. Isiah Thomas had that exact experience. He had a record-setting career as a player with the Detroit Pistons but his experience as the President of Basketball Operations with the New York Knicks was far from positive.

For other bad NBA coaches, the records they set were for having the worst teams in the history of the league. Sidney Lowe for example tallied a .257 win percentage between his coaching stays with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Grizzlies in both Vancouver and Memphis. Bill Hanzlik was even worst when he won only 11 of 82 games with the Denver Nuggets in the 1997-98 season. Jim Todd however takes the cake with his 4-33 record coaching the Los Angeles Clippers in 1999-2000.

So for whatever reason, all of these worst NBA coaches of all time share one thing in common, at one point in their professional basketball coaching careers they absolutely stunk. But like the worst NFL coaches of all time, many have been given a reprieve and have since gone on to see success with other teams and even at other levels. If nothing else, that should show that if you're passionate about something, don't give up on it! It might not go so well in one situation, but that doesn't mean your next attempt will turn out the same way.
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Isiah Thomas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Isiah Thomas Indiana Pacers, New York Knicks

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107 55
Kurt Rambis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Kurt Rambis Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, New York Knicks

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84 48
Tim Floyd is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Tim Floyd Chicago Bulls, New Orleans Hornets

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Sidney Lowe is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Sidney Lowe Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis Grizzlies

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68 38
M. L. Carr is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
M. L. Carr Boston Celtics

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65 36
Bill Cartwright is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bill Cartwright Chicago Bulls

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62 37
Brian Winters is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Brian Winters Vancouver Grizzlies

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48 28
John Kuester is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
John Kuester Detroit Pistons

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Magic Johnson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
newhollowmusic added Magic Johnson Los Angeles Lakers

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52 33
Bill Hanzlik is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bill Hanzlik Denver Nuggets

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52 34
Gar Heard is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Gar Heard Dallas Mavericks, Washington Wizards

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44 27
Bill Blair is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Bill Blair New Jersey Nets, Minnesota Timberwolves

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Mike Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Veggamattic added Mike Brown Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers

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40 25
Brian Hill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Brian Hill Orlando Magic, Vancouver Grizzlies

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Byron Scott is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Byron Scott Los Angeles Lakers

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Brian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
aldridgee added Brian Shaw Denver Nuggets

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Lon Kruger is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Lon Kruger Atlanta Hawks

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35 24
Jim Todd is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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36 25
Bob Weiss is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Dick Harter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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31 21
Gene Littles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Dick Vitale is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
johnira added Dick Vitale

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Vinny Del Negro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Bruce Hale is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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30 22
Matt Guokas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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29 21
Eric Musselman is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Earl Lloyd is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Marc Iavaroni is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Jim Cleamons is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Quinn Buckner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
BahoPuwet added Quinn Buckner

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Keith Smart is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
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Fred Carter is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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25 20
Rolland Todd is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Don Chaney is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Andrew Levane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Johnny McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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19 20
Ron Rothstein is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Roy Rubin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
RayLeBov added Roy Rubin

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Bill Fitch is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
MikeGee added Bill Fitch

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Jack McCloskey is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Eddie Donovan is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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17 24
Brendan Malone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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Leonard Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
wiabux added Leonard Hamilton Florida State Seminoles men's basketball

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Kevin O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
NasirShams added Kevin O'Neill

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Sam Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
Veggamattic added Sam Mitchell

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P. J. Carlesimo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time

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28 76
Erik Spoelstra is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time
BenjaminFarias added Erik Spoelstra Miami Heat

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25 83
Rudy Tomjanovich is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Worst NBA Coaches of All Time