Gregg Popovich, Coach of the Year
This time it’s not us heaping praise on the season he’s had. This time, it’s official: Gregg Popovich is your 2011(barely)-2012 Coach of the Year.
Pop received 77 first place votes out of a possible 119. Finishing second was Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and Indiana Pacers Head Coach Frank Vogel was third. For Pop, it’s his second Coach of the Year award.
The stat that has been thrown around the most since the announcement is that none of the last eight to win COY have won the title. The last one who accomplished that double was Pop back in 2003.
At the press conference, Pop and RC Buford sat at the table and Spurs assistant coaches stood behind them. Pop was more grateful that you would expect from him in instances like this, it wouldn’t be out of line for him to blow it off and say it means nothing, but deflected most of the praise to his assistants and players.
Instead of trying to force something about the job that Coach Pop did this year, I’ll simply implore you to read two things. The first is Varner’s piece on Pop’s season from last weekend. The second is Rob Mahoney’s great post on Coach Pop and what he’s done to deserve the award.
There you go, keeping it under 250 words. Short and sweet, just like Pop would want.