New approaches of the effect of midseason coaching change on team performance in the history of the NBA. [Nuevo enfoque sobre el efecto del cambio de entrenador durante la temporada sobre el rendimiento de los equipos en la historia de la NBA].

José Antonio Martínez



This research overcomes some of the drawbacks of the study of Martínez & Caudill (2013) regarding midseason coaching change in the National Basketball Association (NBA), adding new cases and achieving a disparate methodology. Changing a coach is an important managerial decision which does not guarantee improvement in the short term. Only about 12% of new coaches outperformed in a significantly way their predecessors. In order to maximize the probability of success, highly experienced coaches, with a long career as former professional players should be signed. In addition, change should be made before season advances, although it depends of the winning percentage of teams.


Esta investigación supera varias de las limitaciones del estudio de Martínez y Caudill (2013) sobre el cambio de entrenador durante la temporada en la National Basketball Association (NBA), incluyendo nuevos casos y empleando una metodología diferente. La decisión de cambiar un entrenador es una importante cuestión para los gestores deportivos que no garantiza la mejora del rendimiento del equipo en el corto plazo. Sólo un 12% de los nuevos entrenadores mejoraron de manera significativa el rendimiento de sus predecesores. Con el fin de maximizar la probabilidad de éxito, entrenadores con gran experiencia y con una carrera previa y larga como jugadores profesionales deberían ser contratados. Además, el cambio debería hacerse antes de que avanzara demasiado la competición, aunque ello depende del porcentaje de victorias de los equipos.


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coaching change; NBA; sports management; cambio de entrenador; gestión del deporte.

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