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5 Recent Coach Firings in NY/NJ Sports

By Daniel Friedman
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Derek Fisher is the latest NBA coaching casualty. He joins a handful of local bench bosses to find themselves out of jobs over the past few years.

Here are the five most recent examples:

1. Derek Fisher, Knicks

Derek Fisher (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Derek Fisher (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Fired: Feb 8, 2016

Fisher's dismissal was attributed to philosophical differences and off-court issues. Additionally, the Knicks were in the midst of a dramatic free fall, after demonstrating that they were perhaps ready to take the next step for much of the season.

2. Lionel Hollins, Nets

Lionel Hollins
Nets coach Lionel Hollins (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Fired: Jan 10, 2016

It's been a bad season for Brooklyn basketball, and Hollins' inevitable firing was just the latest reminder.

3. Rex Ryan, Jets

Rex Ryan
Rex Ryan (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Fired: Dec 29, 2014

After multiple years of success, Gang Green plunged downward. Whether or not Ryan was to blame is up for debate, but either way, it's clear a shakeup was necessary.

4. Pete DeBoer, Devils

Pete DeBoer
Pete DeBoer (Photo by Marianne Helm/Getty Images)

Fired: Dec 27, 2014

His handling of younger players was questionable at best, and the Devils were in need of a new direction.

5. Mike Woodson, Knicks

Mike Woodson
Mike Woodson (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)

Fired: April 21, 2014

Woodson did an admiral job after taking over behind the Knicks' bench, but he was always a stopgap. Turns out, his successor also wound up being just that.

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