Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 4/23/13
It’s playoff time and we should take a look at who the best coaches in the Association really are. via thesportsbank.net 5. Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat: Yes, Coach Spo has one of the most talented rosters in the NBA, but the man deserves a lot of credit for his success with the Heat since 2008. Since Spo was named head coach, the Heat have gone 260-134, making the playoffs in every season and competing in the last two NBA Finals. Most impressively, the Heat have been one of the best defensive teams in the league, finishing in the top ten in defensive efficiency the last 4 seasons. via commercialappeal.com 4. Lionel Hollins, Memphis Grizzlies: This one may come as a surprise, but Hollins is a perfect example of a coach that put implemented a system and watched it excel over time. Since becoming the Grizzlies’ head coach in 2008, the winning percentage of the team has increased from .333 to .488 to .561 to .621 to .683 in the 2013-2013 campaign. Lets keep in mind that Memphis is a smaller market and consistently has one of the lower payrolls in the league (they were 25th this year). Look for the Grizz to keep improving with Hollins in charge, playing the “Grit & Grind” style of ball. Photo Credit: (Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times) 3. George Karl, Denver Nuggets: Karl will go down as one of the best coaches in NBA history. Since his first head-coaching job with the Cavaliers in 1984, he has only missed the playoffs once. No, none of Karl’s teams have ever won it all, but he has serious potential with his current young Nuggets team. Karl is one of just seven coaches to have 1,000 NBA wins along with Don Nelson, Lenny Wilkins, Pat Riley, Jerry Sloan, Phil Jackson, and Larry Brown, not a bad list to be on. via suntimes.com 2. Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls: Simply put, Tom Thibodeau is the best defensive mind in basketball. After serving as an assistant for the Celtics’ championship run, Thibs brought big time basketball back to Chicago. In three seasons, he has a record of 157-73, for a winning percentage of .683. Keep in mind that Derrick Rose has only played in roughly half of these games… via cbssports.com 1. Gregg Poppovich: It should be noted that Pop is UNDOUBTEDLY the best coach in the NBA. He plays chess while everyone else plays checkers. Poppovich has won four championships and the Spurs will continually be a lock to finish top three in the West as long as he’s in charge. In what is now considered a young man’s game, Pop has kept his older core of Duncan, Parker and Ginobili, while plugging in a variety of other players to fill in his unique system (ie Matt Bonner, Danny Green, etc.). At this point, Pop just does what he wants, even sending home his four best players right before a nationally televised game against the Heat. Just Missed: Rick Carlisle Overrated: Doc Rivers: Yes, Doc is a good coach, but its too hard to ignore how mediocre (below .500) his record was before getting “the big three.” -Langer
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