Team: Seattle Supersonics
Year fired: 1998
Previous season: 61-21; Lost in conference finals
To this day George Karl still has the best regular season coaching record for the team formerly known as the Supersonics. In a contest to decide who got to lose to the Bulls in the '98 Finals, the Lakers ceded that honor to the Utah Jazz. When the team failed to renew his contract, Karl moved on and got his ducats from the Milwaukee Bucks.