Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

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Gregg Popovich won his third Coach of the Year award after leading the Spurs to the league's best record, beating out some talented first-year coaches as well as some respected vets.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich won his third Coach of the Year award, taking the honors over several terrific first-year coaches as well as more established sideline generals.

The Spurs hardly traipsed through the 2013-14 season. Injuries to key players and the overall health of an aging core were big issues. Popovich managed the team expertly en route to the top seed in the West, winning 62 games without a single player who averaged more than 30 minutes per contest.

Popovich had strong competition for the award from rookie coaches. Jeff Hornacek finished second in the voting after leading the Phoenix Suns to 48 wins despite many projecting them during the preseason to be one of the worst teams in the NBA. Charlotte Bobcats headmaster Steve Clifford notably helped turn the franchise around, crafting a formidable defensive squad with Al Jefferson in the paint and more than doubling their win total from the previous season. Clifford finished fourth in the voting.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau finished third in the voting after guiding his team to 48 wins despite Derrick Rose going down for the season with another knee injury and Luol Deng getting traded in early January. Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey finished fifth thanks to the Raptors' surprise success.

Every team has its challenges, from unforeseen injuries to other obstacles, but one coach must win. Popovich once again got the best out of his team.

The full results can be seen at Spurs.com.

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