By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 17, 2014
Gregg Popovich thrills us all with his in-game interviews, but he does an even better job with the day-to-day duties of being the head coach of the San Antonio Spurs. Many counted the Spurs out after last season's collapse, but despite all that Popovich has the Spurs playing the best basketball in the Western conference yet again. They are my favorite to get through the playoff gauntlet this year, and Pop is the reason.
There is a long history of the best coach in the league not winning this award, and it goes all the way back to Phil Jackson. Popovich will probably not win it this year as a result, but goodness knows that he should.
Did anyone think the Spurs were going to win the West this season besides probably Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, and a couple of die-hards in the heart of the city? I think not, and that lack of expectation should score some extra credit for the job that Pop has done.
No one on the Spurs is averaging over thirty minutes a game. I repeat. NO ONE ON THE SPURS IS AVERAGING OVER THIRTY A GAME, and they are still the number one seed in the Western Conference playoffs. I do not think we will understand how remarkable this was until decades later.
I feel like every year the storyline for the Spurs becomes that they have become too old. At what point are you not just old, but just plain effective. I feel like the Spurs have been in that place for about the last decade, and they might make all the haters pay this summer.
The Spurs get so little attention because of the market that they are in, and I just think that they should get some kind of award recognition for the season they have had. The only other award that they really have a shot at is sixth man of the year, and Manu Ginobli is still kind of a long shot for that one after the year that Taj Gibson has had. Do the right thing. Give the award to Popovich.
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