As expected the coach of the year award has gone to San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. Winning 50 from 66 games was more than enough for him to earn the award over Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. The Spurs defied the odds, and pushed aside the "old" tag to tie for the best record in the NBA.
"Pop has done a terrific job molding a mix of experience and inexperience," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said.A unanimous winner, Popovich wins his second award after modifying his team to suit the season. This to me is where he shone. Limiting Tim Duncan's minutes, dealing with multiple injuries to star guard Manu Ginobli, handing the reins to Frenchman Tony Parker all while integrating Aussie's own homegrown hero Patty Mills, former Charlotte Bobcat Boris Diaw and former spur Stephen Jackson. That's a lot of change for an established coach, with a shortened season with little to no practice time. An impressive season for a team that's been giving it one last shot for the past few years. http://youtu.be/Rsly_1MVFzs