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Popovich wins Coach of the Year, Doc finishes 5th

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) May 1, 2012 Uncategorized 4 Comments

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Spurs heach coach Gregg Popovich has won his second career "Coach of the Year" award, which is a well-deserved honor.  He led the Spurs to the West's best record  without Manu Ginobili and an aging Tim Duncan getting a lot more rest than in the past.  If I had to hand out the votes, I'd probably put him first, slightly ahead of Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers, who would be in a tie for second in my mind. 

But Doc didn't finish second.  Or third.  He finished fifth.      

Rivers earned 26 points with 1 first-place vote, 4 second-place votes, and 9 third-place votes. San Antonio's Gregg Popovich won the Red Auerbach Trophy with 467 points (77 first-place votes), while Chicago's Tom Thibodeau was second at 315 points (27 first-place votes). Indiana's Frank Vogel (161 points) and Memphis' Lionel Hollins (50 points) joined Rivers in rounding out the top 5. 

I think what Doc flying way under the radar if he's finishing behind Hollins & Vogel.  Don't get me wrong, I think they did fine jobs.  The Pacers went from the 8th seed last year to the 3rd seed this year.  The  Grizzlies stayed afloat in a tough Western Conference without Zach Randolph for most of the year.  But Doc dealt with more injuries and more adversity to return the Celtics to any prominence. 

Oh well.  We in Boston recognize the masterful job Doc has done… even if the rest of the league isn't valuing it as highly as we are.

did lot more rest than in the past.  If I had to hand out the votes, I'd probably put him first, slightly ahead of Tom Thibodeau and Doc Rivers, who would be in a tie for second in my mind. 

But Doc didn't finish sec

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  • Jason

    Doc deserves some credit for integrating the guys he had to play (Steamer, Bass and AB), but make no mistake he played them because he HAD to not because he CHOSE to. The injuries (JO, Ray and Rondo) were blessings. They helped the team by forcing Doc into playing better guys. Otherwise Doc would still be playing JO’s dead body and Ray’s one dimensional HOF halo. I don’t think he deserves credit for that. If anything, he deserves blame for the .500 ball played to open the season.

  • paul

    I’m liking Doc more as he seems to be coming out from under Danny’s shadow. But come on, we have to acknowledge that he never would have played the young ones this year had he not been forced to. I think if he applies some of the lessons he may have learned this year next year, he could be a lock for the award next year. But not this year.

  • paul

    Let’s see how Doc does this post-season and next year. I see him doing better and better. He seems sort of reborn as a coach. I see him winning the award next year possibly.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/redslovechild1 Redslovechild

    Only the Larry O`Brien trophy matters…everything else is bullshit!