My first blog, I have dreamt of this day (not really).
Topic: NBA Coach of the Year.
First off, No matter how great the team / coach / system - if you dont make the playoffs you are not eligible for Coach of the Year. As the NBA has a bit of an eliteist attitude whne it comes to its accolades.
I'll start with Doc Rivers, Boston (Patriot) fans seem to think he is a shoo-in. I don't. Though I wouldn't be surprised if he did, as he does have the best record in the NBA. I would consider him a shoo-in if he did average last season. He had an All-Star (Pierce) and had one of the worst records in the NBA. The players have made him this season. Sure you don't have a good team without good players but he had Paul Pierce. If he was one of the best coaches he would have achieved something with them.
Flip Saunders, Detriot -- He has a good side, good young players with a pretty solid starting lineup. Proven system and wouldn't be surprised if they finished top of the east. I don't hear his name in Coach of the Year discussions that much, and you can see why. Good coach, but not coach of the year.
On Mike D'Antoni and Avery Johnson all I can say is that unless their respective teams win the west by a decent margin I think that they will just be long-shots.
Greg Poppovich has had the same core for awhile and once again his team are contenders. His team has battled injuries which may be able to get him up the order in the Coach of the Year. Great Great coach, but I don't think he will win the Coach of the Year.
Jerry Sloan, I dont think he will win. A lot of Utah fans seem to think he has a really really good chance. I think it is more the development of Deron Williams and Carlos Boozer that helped him. If he was a good coach I think he would have won a title in the eternity he has been coaching.
Rick Adelman, Houston -- He has had a great year and falls into a similar boat as Nate McMillan (with different circumstances) that his team may suffer after Yao Ming's injury. He has done well, but we are yet to see if he is a great coach. I don't think he will get Coach of the Year.
Phil Jackson -- He may have one of the best, if not the best, players in the league -- but, if you look at it, they should have had major chemistry problems and a possible early start to rebuilding at the beginning of the season. I think Phil had a major role in cleaning that up and making them the current favourite to win the west. He was my pick in December to win Coach of the Year, but I think Byron Scott is edgeing him out by the narrowest of margins at the moment. A very, very, very close second. Surely, Lakers will get one of MVP or CotY awards..Kobe and Phil..one of them must get something.
Byron Scott, New Orleans -- The emergence of CP3 has helped him A LOT but he has a young squad with only one inexperienced all-star have taken him to first in the west at various times throughout the season. Definite conteder for Coach of the Year. Byron Scott has done a great job in New Orleans and has a decent coaching past. Phil Jackson was my pick in December but I think Byron Scott is my pick now. Average looking lineup on paper, inexperienced -- 1st in the West - What? Great Job
I have been going back and forth between Phil Jackson and Byron Scott. I think it is an exciting contest.
That is what I think but what are your thoughts and opinions...