Coaching Seasons: 1984-86, 1988-92, 1993-95, 2001-04
Teams: Clippers, Rockets, Pistons, Knicks
Record: 337-494 (.406)
Don Chaney logged 12 seasons as a shooting guard in the NBA, managing to average double-digit points in four of those campaigns. After a lengthy career, including several seasons on very successful Celtics teams, a few teams suspected Chaney would make for good coaching material. Well, the record speaks for itself.
Chaney was fired from his first coaching gig after his third season in charge of the Clippers, when he presided over the worst season in Clips history. He was then given a second chance by the Houston Rockets, where he could hardly keep the Hakeem Olajuwon-led squad over .500 through his first two years. He was fired in the middle of the 1992 season, two years before Houston developed into back-to-back Finals champs under Rudy Tomjonavich.
After a stop in Detroit, where he won 48 games over two seasons, Chaney took control of the Knicks after Jeff Van Gundy left his position in 2001. His Knicks went a combined 72-112 over three seasons before he was given the axe for the final time in his coaching career.