It was announced today that San Antonio Spurs‘ coach Gregg Popovich has won the award edging out Chicago Bulls‘ coach Tom Thibodeau. He received 77 first place votes to Thibodeau’s 27. Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel received 7 and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins received 6.
Pacers fans know what a fantastic job Vogel has done, and while it would have been nice for him to win the award, I knew Popovich or Thibodeau. It seems to go to the teams with the best records since that means they’re coaching well. Looking at the Spurs team and the fact that they had two different 11 game winning streaks and the way Popovich managed this team this year with minutes and what not, he was the odds on favorite to win.
Thibodeau had a great shot as well in his job of coaching a team that was without Derrick Rose four different teams in the season. How could you not have some consideration when your team finishes with the best record overall, and looks to be a top contender in the NBA? Too bad they could have this award after the playoffs because if the Bulls pull off some way of making it to the Finals without Derrick Rose, that would be quite the coaching job.
Vogel lead a team that finished third in the Eastern Conference and was fourth or fifth best overall in the NBA. This comes after so many seasons of finishing so far down, and finally making the playoffs last year. This is the first postseason in eight years, in my opinion, the Pacers are legit favorites to win their first round. That’s a good coaching job in itself for Frank Vogel.
Finally, Lionel Hollins leads a Memphis Grizzlies squad that some experts feel could be a sleeper team to make it to the Western Conference Finals. This is a Memphis team that it’s hard to remember what players are on there, but they go out and win games.
A great award to give out and congratulations to Popovich on winning this a second time.