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Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year for third time

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Gregg Popovich was named the NBA Coach of the Year on Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, the Spurs’ Popovich is the third coach to win the award three times in NBA history.

The San Antonio Spurs earned the first seed in the Western Conference with a (62-20) record. Even with Gregg Popovich’s style of sitting out players so they are well rested for the postseason, the Spurs earned home court advantage throughout the whole playoffs.

Memphis knocks off Oklahoma City in overtime.

Gregg Popovich also won the award in 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons. Coming into the season, there was a thought that San Antonio would have a hangover after losing the NBA finals in such dramatic fashion. Instead, the Spurs coasted into first place without missing a beat.

Gregg Popovich received 59 first place votes to outshine Phoenix Suns’ coach Jeff Hornacek. The Suns had a remarkable season and Hornacek had the young team on the brink of the playoffs in the final week.

Tom Thibodeau survived another Derrick Rose injury to lead the Bulls to the fourth seed in the East. He finished third in the coach of the year voting. Charlotte’s Steve Clifford and Toronto’s Dwane Casey finished up the top five.

Jason Kidd finished 8th as the Nets head coach.

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