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Hornacek finishes disappointing second for NBA Coach of the Year

Hornacek finished second behind Popovich for this year's award.
Hornacek finished second behind Popovich for this year's award.
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What seemed like a near formality to most Suns fans turned out be a complete shocker on Tuesday morning as Greg Popovich beat out Jeff Hornacek for this year's NBA Coach of the Year award.

The Suns first-year head coach finished second behind a man who has already won four NBA titles and might very well be on his way to winning his fifth. Popovich ended up with 59 first place votes with 380 points while Hornacek had 37 first place votes with a total of 339 points. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was a distant third.

Considering where many prognosticators were picking the Suns in the beginning of the year, it is a definitely a surprise that Horny didn't win or at least make it a somewhat closer race with the future hall of famer in Popovich.

Most writers, bloggers and even a chunk of the fan base thought that the Suns were a 15-20 win team and a lock to have a top pick in the 2014 draft. Instead, the Suns shocked the NBA world and won a 48 games and just missed out a playoff birth in the extremely tough Western Conference.

That was thanks in large part to Hornacek's coaching. In his first year as a head coach, the long-time shooting guard knew what he had in his very young roster and molded his system around it. That's what the great coaches do.

Now, this isn't taking anyway from Popovich. In my view, he's without a doubt the best coach in the league and will be in Springfield as soon as he's eligible, but when looking at the Spurs and Suns rosters and the expectations that both team's had before the season started, it's hard to make an argument how Pop should have won the award over Horny.

You can chalk this one up as another for the Spurs over the Suns. That's really getting old isn't it?