The Coach of the Year award was handed out on Tuesday and it didm not go to Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra. While he continues to get the shaft from the media for the job he’s done in Miami, this year’s award deservingly went to San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich with Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek finishing in second.
While Popovich is the best coach in the NBA, the case could have been made for either Hornacek or Charlotte Bobcats head coach Steve Clifford, who finished fourth behind Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.
But no votes were given to Spo, who is one of the most underrated and under appreciated coaches in basketball. This wasn’t his best year and he had a lot of competition against the likes of magicians such as Clifford and Hornacek who took nothing and made something.
But with Miami on the cusp of their third straight title, the question starts to become when will Spoelstra get the credit that other coaches who consistently win get? It takes a lot to manage three of the best players in the NBA and even more to make sure the pieces around those players are clicking.
Spo does that on a yearly basis and while a lot of his success has to do with having a star, it’s not like Phil Jackson, Gregg Popovich or any other coach who consistently won didn’t have one of the best players in history on their side too.