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Gregg Popovich is the NBA's coach of the year

May 01, 2012|By Chuck Schilken
  • San Antonio's Gregg Popovich speaks to the press after he was named the NBA's Coach of the Year.
San Antonio's Gregg Popovich speaks to the press after he was named… (Eric Gay / Associated Press )

Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs did what they normally do this year -- quietly pile up wins in the Western Conference.

But this year, for only the second time in his 16 years as a head coach, Popovich is being recognized for his achievements by being named the NBA's Coach of the Year.

Popovich ran away with the honor, garnering 77 first-place votes. Chicago Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau came in second (27 first-place votes), followed by Indiana's Frank Vogel (seven) and Memphis' Lionel Hollins (six). Boston's Doc Rivers and Denver's George Karl got one vote each.

After getting off to a 12-9 start, the Spurs lost just seven more times this season on the way to 50 wins and the top seed in the conference during the lockout-shortened season.

Popovich has led the Spurs to four NBA titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007) but received coach-of-the-year honors only in 2003.

“If you can draft David Robinson and follow that up with Tim Duncan, that's a couple of decades of very, very possible success unless you just screw it up,” Popovich said. “So it's hard to take credit when circumstances have gone your way so consistently.”

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Gregg Popovich is the NBA's coach of the year

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