How exactly did this happen? Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has faced more adversity the past year with his battered team than any of the competition, yet, he came in eighth in the rankings for coach of the year. That just can’t be right. I have some bones to pick with the panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters that voted this year.
Here are the official results:
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl winning the coach of the year award is fine and dandy. The Nuggets managed the No. 3 seed in the wild Western Conference without a “star” player and rarely lost at home (they went 38-3 at the Pepsi Center). Good work coach Karl you deserve the props.
HOWEVER – the fact that Erik Spoelstra came in second runner up is outrageous. We all know Miami went on a 27-game winning streak, yea yea, but the last time I checked it doesn’t take an amazing coach to come up with the play “give Lebron the ball.”
Don’t get me wrong, the other coaches are straight up guys. Mike Woodson taught the Knicks how to play a little defense, but he still had Carmelo Anthony as a consistent offensive weapon. Gregg Popovich is a very talented coach that seems to just keep getting better no matter how old his Spurs players get. Frank Vogel constructed the top ranked defense in the league that led the Pacers to a No. 3 seed in the East.
Despite the other coaches success, is it crazy of me to think Thibs deserves more credit than 8th place? The Bulls managed the No. 5 seed in the East without Derrick Rose and the majority of their starting lineup. Nate Robinson, the third string point guard, has been running the Bulls offense for the majority of the season. Thibodeau turned a group of misfit bench players into a unified team with the third best defense in the league. Not to mentioned this Bulls team managed to snap Miami’s 27-game winning streak. How can the king of defensive schemes come in 8th? I honestly thought he could pull off another Coach of the Year win.
I demand a re-vote!