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The NBA announced Tuesday that Gregg Popovich won the Coach of the Year Award. Doc Rivers finished fifth in the voting. (ESPN Boston)
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.
Rivers helped the Celtics overcome a series of season-ending injuries. He encouraged his players to stay the course after they limped to a 15-17 record at the All-Star break. He had the balls to insert Avery Bradley into the starting lineup in replacement of a Hall of Famer. He moved Kevin Garnett to center even though the team wasn’t thrilled with that idea, put Brandon Bass into the starting lineup alongside Garnett and generally pulled the right strings all second half of the season, leading the Celtics to a better second-half record than any other team despite a thin bench that has very little in the way of offensive firepower.All that being said, Rivers didn’t have a real Coach of the Year case. Not when he was still in charge during Boston’s underachieving first half. Not when Gregg Popovich just keeps the San Antonio Spurs running like a machine regardless of how old his stars become.
BEST OF MAXIM
The Celtics shot oh fer 11 from the arc against the Hawks in Game 1 and Boston’s bench scored a total of four points. Ray Allen would clearly help both of those troublesome statistics, but his damn ankle just doesn’t seem to get any better.
WALTHAM, Mass. -- Doc Rivers knows what Hawks coach Larry Drew is going through. After Paul Pierce exploded for 36 points and 14 rebounds in 44 grueling minutes in Game 2, Rivers had a good idea of how he would have reacted in his early days coaching against the Celtics. Rivers always seemed to be at a loss for how the stumbling, herky-jerky forward could take over games despite...
The Celtics lost, Josh Smith is a superhero and Rajon Rondo could be facing a suspension for Game 2. No, that was not exactly how Doc Rivers wanted Game 1 to unfold.
Gregg Popovich is the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the San Antonio Spurs to 50 wins in the lockout-shortened season and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.
The announcement came Tuesday. Popovich also won the award in 2003 when San Antonio won its second of four championships, and he might be headed for a fifth ring if the Spurs keep this up.
After a 12-9 start...
With the sudden suicide of NFL legend Junior Seau on Wednesday, concerns about concussions in sports have reached an all-time high. While the reasons behind Seau’s decision to take his own life may never be known, there are many who believe his suicide could have something to do with chronic traumatic encephalopathy, which is a condition caused by repeated brain trauma that can...
“NBA.com” has reported that San Antonio Spurs bench boss Gregg Popovich was named the NBA Coach Of The Year Award. Popovich who has been the Spurs head coach for the last 16 seasons, won the award for the second time; he also received it for the 2002-2003 campaign.
Popovich did a very skilful job during the regular season as he led his squad to a mark of 50-16; tying the Chicago...
ATLANTA (AP) -- Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen won't play in Game 1 of the NBA playoffs against the Atlanta Hawks.
As expected, coach Doc Rivers said before Sunday's game that Allen won't be in uniform because of an ailing right ankle. He had a cortisone shot last week and says the ankle is feeling better, but not enough to go in the playoff opener. Rivers says the status...
Herald Doc Rivers on Ray Allen: “We’re kind of lost at what to do”
Game 2 final: Celtics 87, Hawks 80
Atlanta Hawks forward Josh Smith has a sprained left knee, status TBD
Paul Pierce’s brilliance saves C’s in fourth
Quasi-Celtics get even
Everyone gets involved for Celtics
Penalty as predicted
Adjustments pay off as 76ers pull even in series with Bulls
If you consider the fact that reigning MVP Derrick Rose missed almost half the season to various injuries, the Chicago Bulls had a hell of a season. The Bulls still would've had a hell of a season even if Rose hadn't missed all those games. They finished with the same record as the San Antonio Spurs and looked great, especially on defense even when Rose was out. Much...
The " Big 3" in Boston of Ray Allen, Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett ("Big 4" if you want to throw in Rajon Rondo) is one of the most respected, accomplished group of teammates of all time. It seems like those guys have been together forever and they’ve been led by their coach, Doc Rivers, to an NBA title and some other solid runs to go along with it.
POWER OF PERSUASION
The San Antonio Spurs made quick work of the Utah Jazz in game two of their playoff series as they defeated them handily by the score of 114-83.During the game, Spurs guard Tony Parker had an interesting exchange with head coach Gregg Popovich who wanted to limit him to 29 minutes.Then, Tony P told Popovich that he was rested and to quote him, "I'm 29":
This year came down to a two-man race: Thibs or Pop? The results for 2012 NBA Coach of the Year are in:
THE NBA Realist: Tom Thibodeau
By far, the toughest of all of the selections. I cannot remember a more hotly contested COY contest, as both Tom Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich were deserving, once again proving masterful in getting the most out of their teams for the second straight...