Spurs coach Gregg Popovich finished third in final balloting for the NBA’s Coach of the Year honors.
Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau, a Spurs assistant coach from 1992-94 under Jerry Tarkanian and John Lucas, was the
Thibodeau collected 76 first-place votes among the media members who voted in the balloting. Doug Collins of Philadelphia was second. George Karl of Denver was fourth and Nate McMillan of Portland was fifth.
Popovich claimed the award in the 2003 season.
This past season was one of the best coaching jobs in Popovich’s career. The Spurs’ 61 wins were the second-highest victory total under Popovich and the third best in franchise history.
And in a weird way, the team’s playoff struggles might have underscored the kind of job that Popovich accomplished during the regular season.