Jordan played in all 82 games nine times and had two other times when he played at least 80 games. In Ewing’s 17 NBA seasons, he played every game three times and appeared in at least 80 games three other times. “It’s easy for me because I’m working for an owner who doesn’t believe in (resting healthy players),’’ Clifford said of Jordan. “I also have an associate head coach who would kill me if I started doing that. The climate in this league has changed. This is 17 years (in the NBA) for me, but 17 years ago, nobody would have thought about sitting out of a game.’’
Anything can still happen over the final three weeks of the season, but Vogel is holding out hope that all 30 coaches that started the season with their teams will finish it. “I noticed it a couple of weeks ago and I just kind of thought to myself, `Has anybody been let go?’ The fact that no one has, it’s a shock,’’ Vogel admitted.
“It’s been overly volatile and unreasonably so, quite frankly, over the last five-to-10 years in particular,’’ Vogel said. “(No firings) is something that is great for our profession. I think teams need to understand that continuity is important. Everybody wants to win now, but there is strength in continuity. So the fact that (no one has been fired), that’s a good thing.’’