Why these three NBA coaches are on the hot seat – USA TODAY

Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks along the sideline against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Golden 1 Center.(Photo: Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports)

Being an NBA head coach is a challenging job. 

Just ask Tyronn Lue, who — after helping lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to three consecutive Finals and one of the most stunning championships in modern sports history — was let go last week following an 0-6 start. 

He was the league’s first head coach to be fired during the 2018-19 campaign, and odds are he won’t be the last. 

With the season three weeks old, USA TODAY looks at three coaches who could suffer a similar fate.

Scott Brooks, Washington Wizards

The Wizards are a much better basketball team than their 2-7 record suggests. From John Wall down to Jeff Green, the talent — and the potential to be a top-four team in the Eastern Conference — is there. So far, though, this group has been a trainwreck, off to a better start than just two teams (Chicago and Cleveland), and it ranks 26th and 25th in the league in offensive and defensive rating, respectively. 

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Brooks, who inked a five-year, $35 million deal with Washington in 2016, may have a little more leeway than some other head coaches in the league, but he’s not immune to getting the boot. The time to turn this thing around is now.

The bright side? Adding a healthy Dwight Howard to the mix should give the Wizards a boost on both ends of the floor, and the upcoming schedule — Dallas, Orlando (twice), Miami, Cleveland and Brooklyn — could help spark a turnaround. 

Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers

Magic Johnson said Sunday that Walton’s job is safe, telling the Los

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