The NBA Coach of the Year award could have easily gone to five different coaches this year, so I can’t be too upset about the Denver Nuggets head coach, George Karl, winning the honor. Its not the 62 first place votes that Karl got which aggravated me, I just don’t get why this award is in existence at all. This trivial race could have easily gone in so many different directions and it’s time for it to get out of circulation.
Gregg Popovich won the award last year as he captained the San Antonio Spurs to a great 2012, however his team was later uprooted in the postseason. With another injured and aging Spurs club in 2013 Popovich could have easily repeated as Coach of the Year, but Karl was apparently more impressive.
In essence, what does the trophy even mean? If you can’t coach your team to an NBA Title, then you don’t deserve a trophy saying that you are the best coach in the land. Sure, some coaches are able to get the most out of the least talent which Karl was able to do, but this honor honestly isn’t worth a whole lot.
What makes it even worse is that this award isn’t even based off of playoff success — I guarantee that if the poll was conducted today the votes would have heavily favored Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau because of what his battered team has accomplished. Meanwhile, the Nuggets were beaten by a young Golden State Warriors team and Karl is awarded a meaningless trophy.
At the end of the day, the award is a nice gesture, but let’s leave the hardware to the team that wins it all, because that is what coach really deserves it.