wcsoldier81 wrote:This award is the worst .. medias just pick the coach of a team which overachieves by early season predictions without looking at the actual coaching ...
Mike Brown , MDA , Scott Brooks ... all recent winners of this award .
Karl has been outcoached in the playoffs a countless number of times ... including this year by a 2 seasons coach in Mark Jackson .
I'm actually surprised hand down , man down didn't win it ... not that I think he deserved it ...
Thibs should have won it .. no contest here .. and finished 8th
MIAMI -- Heat coach Erik Spoelstra finally could celebrate.
He didn’t win the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year award.
As Spoelstra walked to the lectern to do his normal morning news conference before Game 2 against the Chicago Bulls, he was informed by a team official that Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl was voted for that honor. Spoelstra, as his bright smile showed during his press conference, couldn’t have been happier with the news.
“I congratulate George Karl," Spoelstra told reporters while fighting through a chuckle. "I know he didn't want to win it either, no disrespect.”
This is the paradox of the coach of the year award. Privately over the past several weeks, Spoelstra was hoping he wouldn’t win it. Out of respect to the league, he kept quiet about his dread that he might.
But he didn’t hide his relief on Wednesday.
“I was probably more pleased this morning than George Karl,” Spoelstra said.
Why the cheering for second place?
Spoelstra has been well-informed about the dubious track record of coach of the year award winners. For many coaches, the award is shortly followed by a pink slip. Before this season, four of the past seven recipients were rewarded by being fired within two years of winning the award, including Mike Brown in Cleveland, Byron Scott in New Orleans and Sam Mitchell in Toronto.
More importantly, it’s been a decade since a coach of the year winner won the championship in the same season (Gregg Popovich with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003). For the coaching fraternity, Spoelstra said there’s a certain stigma attached to winning the award.
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