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SAN ANTONIO (AP) -- Gregg Popovich was selected as the NBA's Coach of the Year on Tuesday after leading the San Antonio Spurs to 50 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in the lockout-shortened season.
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. No longer able to simply lean on Tim Duncan and defense, Popovich has nonetheless molded another contender with a surprising supporting cast of rookies and former NBA no-names.
He whipped them into winners quickly. After a bumpy 12-9 start, the Spurs lost only seven more games the rest of the season.
"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."
Popovich received 77 first-place votes. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was second (27), Indiana coach Frank Vogel was third (7) and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was fourth (6). Boston's Doc Rivers and Denver's George Karl each received a vote.
The season loomed as one of Popovich's toughest projects yet. Besides Duncan and Manu Ginobili growing another year older, the Spurs started the year with much of the same roster that fell in the first round to the up-and-coming Grizzlies last spring.
But Popovich, who is also team president, looked in unlikely places to keep San Antonio's championship window from shutting just yet. Rookie forward Kawhi Leonard became a starter by midseason, as did swingman Danny Green.
"Pop has done a terrific job molding a mix of experience and inexperience," Spurs general manager R.C. Buford said.
Popovich also steered the Spurs through what has typically been a death-knell for them in recent years: injuries to their Big Three. Ginobili missed nearly half the season after breaking his hand, yet San Antonio still kept winning without their playmaking guard.
Popovich was aggressive as ever in keeping his stars healthy. He willingly surrendered 11-game winning streaks twice to avoid wear and tear on Duncan, Ginobili and Tony Parker, keeping them on the bench or home altogether four times this year.
Duncan has called this Popovich's best season between managing minutes and integrating the newcomers despite the condensed schedule.
"Timmy just wants to get minutes," Popovich said. "He's just trying to ingratiate himself."
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
“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...
Last night, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was awarded his 2012 NBA Coach of the Year award but didn't seem exactly happy to get it.
Watch as Pop rolls his eyes at the stoppage of play and tries to give the award to one of his assistants who refused to take it after the ceremony was over:
San Antonio Spurs head coach, Gregg Popovich, is to be named Coach of the Year. It will be his second time receiving this honor in his 16 year tenure. It was Spurs’ beat writer, Mike Monroe, that tweeted the news that sent NBA nerds to their keyboards. After being upset in round one last season [...]
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Twitter / @Monroe_SA: Popovich to be named Coach ... via kwout
That would be 2:00 San Antonio time.
This is an award Pop totally deserves. No one expected San Antonio to be this good, especially with Manu Ginobili being out for a month and the need to rest his starters more often than other teams.
But it worked out well so far. It also helps that Tony...
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":
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...
San Antonio did everything they needed to do against the Jazz in game one, coming away with a 106-91 victory. Gregg Popovich and company have heard all the criticism regarding their match up against the Jazz. Media heads talked in lengths about the Jazz having a better front court with their plethora of big men in Al Jefferson, Paul Millsap, Derrick Favors and Enes Kantor...
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...
Fox SportsGregg Popovich was selected as the NBA's Coach of the Year on Tuesday after leading the San Antonio Spurs to 50 wins and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference in the lockout-shortened season.
Popovich received 77 first-place votes. Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau was second (27), Indiana coach Frank Vogel was third (7) and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was fourth (6...