Coach of the year......congrats.....BUT
Am I wrong for thinking Tom Thibodeau should have won it?
No, Tom is doing a much better job than George. And George got thoroughly out-coached in the playoffs.
George Karl is always a great regular season coach but seems to have let downs in the playoffs. He is more of an offensive coach which as we all know works much better in the regular season when you can run up and down all night. Tom is certainly a deserving candidate but I would have taken Kevin McHale. In know they only were the 8th seed but to even get that team to the playoffs was incredible. On top of that he had to deal with the death of his daughter during the season. Chandler Parsons took his game to another level and James Harden flourished under McHale. They don't have a ton of talent especially on the interior.
The Rockets had the same regular season record as the Bulls and they played in the much tougher Western conference. I think the Bulls without Derrick Rose still have more talent than the Rockets. You can neg me all day but if Thibodeau deserved to be coach of the year there is no way that McHale shouldn't have at least been in the conversation.
You can perhaps attempt a talent argument when discussing the Rockets and the Bulls but you cannot argue the experience factor. Four of the Bulls starters had started over 250 games a piece coming into this season. Carlos Delfino led the Rockets with 165 starts in Milwaukee over his career. I understand you gain experience from more than just starting but even if you count all of Hardens games for OKC as starts he only has 220 career regular season games played. If you count all the starts the Rockets had entering this year (and add Hardens career games played) you get 874.
When you do this to the Bulls roster you get 3564 career starts entering this year (not including Derrick Rose). Now you can take out the 738 careers starts for Richard Hamilton since his career is winding down. You can do the same for Radmonovic and Nazr Mohammed as well. The number is still a staggering 2272 career starts entering this season. That is still over 2.5X the experience advantage for the Bulls. These guys know how to play at the NBA level. They defend at a great level not just because their coach is amazing defensively but also because they have seen it all before.
Boozer and Noah combined alone have almost 1000 career starts. Then add another 2 time all star Deng and his almost 500 starts as well and not only do you have a more experienced team but also a more talented team. I know Harden is better than anyone on the Bulls with Rose being hurt but the 3 next best players are all members of the Bulls. Omar Asik was on the Bulls last year and played less than 15 minutes a game and scored only 3 PPG. He came to Houston and was their 3rd best player behind Harden and Parsons.
In closing there is no way that McHale did the 9th best job in the NBA this year. Only 7 of the 121 voters even had him in the top 3. 60 people voted for Erik Spoelstra including 24 first place votes. A blind monkey could have coached that team to the first seed in the East. LeBron has been coaching more than Spoelstra since last year. Larry Drew and Vinny Del Negro got the same amount of first place votes as McHale and that is ridiculous. CASE CLOSED
Can one make an argument for Mark Jackson?
Denver - 57 wins. Chicago - 45. That's what it comes down to. Had the Bulls been 1st in the eastern conference aagin like last year, then yeah Thibs would be a coach of the year candidate. But the award is given for the regular season, not playoffs.
But i'm not basing this off of the playoffs, I'm basing this off of Chicago still being the team it was for a whole season without it's Star player, Yes Chicago did it last year a few times while Rose was out, but they always knew Rose was coming back, but this year Rose played 0 games and Chicago still was a tough team and still in the playoffs, after last year they lost to the 76ers.
I think George Karl was a better a choice than Thibs. No one expected Denver to do as well as they did.They were a surprise team that wasnt expected to be near as good as they were. They also went a league best 38-3 at home.
Thibs did a good job with his team also. But i think they played about as good as they shouldve played. Without D Rose they still have a very good core group who play stifling defense. That's what they're reputation always was. D Rose gave them that leader and Superstar on the offensive side of the ball, but him being out doesn't change their team's identity.
And I think people are getting caught up in how the Bulls have done during the playoffs.
REMEMBER, the COY vote only consists of the regular season.