Keith Smart is the latest Golden State Warriors head coach to be fired after a relatively short tenure; Smart lasted just one season in the hot seat before new owner Joe Lacob dismissed him, as reported Wednesday. While Smart is the first Warriors' head coach to last just one full season since Bob Feerick in 1963, the short tenure is nothing new for the franchise.
Just one coach in the last 27 years has lasted more than three seasons as Golden State's head coach: Don Nelson, who had a six-year stint in the late 1980s and early 1990s and a four-year stint in the 2000s. The other eight head coaches -- not including interim, midseason replacements -- hired since Al Attles' exit in 1984 have lasted no more than three seasons each. Those names include George Karl and Rick Adelman, two Hall-of-Fame level coaches.
Attles coached the team for 13 seasons, and led the Warriors to the 1975 NBA Championship. That Lacob will be able to find the Warriors' next Attles in his first attempt seems like a longshot.