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By Marc Lawrence, — With the NBA season in the rearview mirror, it’s apparent there is little to no stability when it comes to the head coaching profession. As put it, the truth is, tenure is not what it used to be. On Thursday, J.J. Redick will become the 29th head coach in Lakers history and will remain the shortest-tenured head coach in the NBA until the Detroit Pistons and Cleveland Cavaliers hire replacements for Monty Williams and J.B. Bickerstaff. Redick is a podcaster who has never coached at a level above youth basketball, but he’s not that far behind many of the current NBA head coaches when it comes to experience. Jordi Fernandez of the Brooklyn Nets and Charles Lee of the Charlotte Hornets are both making their head coaching debuts this season along with Redick. Brian Keefe of the Washington Wizards spent less than one full season as a head coach, and Darko Rajakovic of the Toronto Raptors will be entering his second full season. In fact, only five teams have coaches who were hired before the start of the pandemic. Approximately five teams change coaches every single offseason. Fifteen teams have changed head coaches since May 2022. Redick will be the sixth Lakers head coach in the last decade and will be the ninth Lakers head coach to face the Miami Heat in the Erik Spoelstra era. The moral of the story is that Redick is unlikely to last very long. Then again, the good news for Redick is that it should only take about three years to become one of the longest-tenured coaches in the NBA.

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