After his team recorded the best record in the Western Conference this season, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich on Tuesday won the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award.
Popovich received 77 first-place votes and 467 total points. He beat out Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, who received 27 first-place votes and 315 points total. This is Popovich’s second Coach of the Year Award, the previous one coming in 2003 when the Spurs won their second of four titles under Popovich.
“The thing about Pop, he’s a great example for our profession,” Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. “I’m happy for him, they’ve had a great season, the way he runs an organization, you can’t say enough about him. The thing I really admire about him is I had an opportunity to meet him 20 years ago and he’s the same guy today that he was then.”
Popovich has been coaching the Spurs since 1996, making him the league’s longest-tenured coach with the same team.
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