Looking Back at NBA Coaches' 2004-2005 Predictions


During training camp, NBA coaches traditionally assess how well their team will do.

Here are four who guessed pretty wrong:

L.A. Lakers Coach Rudy Tomjanovich
Prediction: "So far, so good. I'm feeling really positive about the direction we are going."
Outcome: Coach Rudy left the team mid-season, and they missed the playoffs for the first time in ages.

Phoenix Suns Coach Mike D'Antoni
Prediction: "We're optimistic but we want to be somewhat guarded because we're in the West where, I'm sure right now, there are 15 teams thinking they're going to get into the playoffs. This is going to be exciting and I hope we can perform up to standard."
Outcome: Phoenix finished with the best record in the NBA.

Seattle Supersonics Coach Nate McMillan
Prediction: "For us to really have an opportunity or a chance at making the playoffs this year it's going to be important that we stay healthy and some of our young guys show some improvement."
Outcome: Seattle won their division and finished as the third seed in the west, out of eight teams that made the playoffs.

Minnesota Timberwolves Coach Flip Saunders
Prediction: "I think a lot of people outside of the organization are looking at us to be pretty strong in a very competitive Western Conference."
Outcome: The Wolves shocked everyone by missing the playoffs. Coach Saunders was replaced mid-season by his boss Kevin McHale.

It's hard to know who should be more embarrassed: the coaches who felt great and got fired, or the coaches who are still doing well in the playoffs but seemed to think they had also-ran teams.