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Popovich Named Coach Of The Year, Williams Receives Votes

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San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was honored as NBA Coach of the Year today, beating Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Pacers coach Frank Vogel who also received first place votes.

Popovich led the Spurs to a 50-16 record, despite critics expecting San Antonio to struggle due to the age of superstars Tim Duncan, 36, and Manu Ginobili, 34. The Spurs began the season 12-9, but only lost 7 games the rest of the way. They currently lead the 8th seeded Utah Jazz in the first round of the playoffs 1-0.

New Orleans Hornets head coach Monty Williams received votes as well, finishing 12th in the balloting. Perhaps he should have finished higher, considering his 21-45 club lost two cornerstone players (Chris Paul, David West), only got 9 games out of their injury-riddled best player (Eric Gordon), didn’t have an owner, and suffered injuries across their entire roster. Williams had to use an NBA-high 28 different starting lineups in 66 games.

The complete results of the COY voting is listed below.

Coach, Team, 1st 2nd 3rd Pts

1. Gregg Popovich, San Antonio 77 24 10 467

2. Tom Thibodeau, Chicago 27 53 21 315

3. Frank Vogel, Indiana 7 27 45 161

4. Lionel Hollins, Memphis 6 3 11 50

5. Doc Rivers, Boston 1 4 9 26

6. Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City 0 2 3 9

7. Tyrone Corbin, Utah 0 1 6 9

8. George Karl, Denver 1 0 2 7

9. Mike Brown, L.A. Lakers 0 1 1 4

10. Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 0 1 1 4

11. Larry Drew, Atlanta 0 0 3 3

12. Monty Williams, New Orleans 0 1 0 3

13. Vinny Del Negro, L.A. Clippers 0 0 2 2

14. Kevin McHale, Houston 0 0 2 2

15. Alvin Gentry, Phoenix 0 0 1 1

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