A failure of leadership

NBA coaches are cursed at, stepped on, stared down -- and ignored

Originally Published: December 5, 2012
By Howard Bryant | ESPN The Magazine

LAST OCTOBER, after the Red Sox completed the epic meltdown from which they have yet to recover, the front office decided the team needed a new manager -- a tough manager to put the beer-drinking chicken eaters in their place. So Terry Francona, the only skipper in nearly a century to win a World Series in Boston, was effectively fired, and Bobby Valentine was hired, and, well, you know the rest.

Fast-forward to this fall, when we were left to ponder two other curious ...

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