IT'll be interesting to see who's going to Win Coach of Year...
Typically the award is not given to the team with the best record..But to the coach who gets the most out of his team...
1.Nate MacMillian-Portland..If the season ended today..MacMillian would have the banged up Blazers in the playoffs..They've had 14 different starting lineups this season becuz of injuries..They were suppose to challenge the Lakers for the West..But injuries hit the team before the season begin..1st Batum & Fernandez, then Oden & Pryzbila were out for the season..And Brandon Roy & Aldridge missed some games..Things got so bad Nate got injured while trying to suit-up just to have a full practice squard....Nate has done a great job of keeping that team together...He's an incredible juggler,GM Pritchard joked..Guys fall out..He just insert a new one and keeps the team moving along..It's an old African proverb..'You work with what you have',MacMillian shot back....
2.Scott Skiles-Milwaukee..Looking at the Bucks roster it's hard to believe this team is on pace to win 45 games..With star guard Micheal Redd out for most of the season..And Questions about who would be their starting forwards..Many had the Bucks to finishing among the bottom of the East..But Skiles have them overachieving..Bogut is enjoying his most productive season..Brandon Jennings was the steal of the draft at number 10..Trade line pickup John Salmons and free agent vet Jerry Stackhouse has giving them a boost...OK..Some say the Bucks are in playoff contention because they're in the East..They say if the Bucks were in the West..Management would be getting ready to fire him..Not promoting him as a coach of the year candidate..I'll LOVE Watching them tell Skiles that to his face!! lol..
3.Scott Brooks-Oklahoma City..The last thing i won, was MVP of my college team..The modest Brooks said after being asked about his chances for Coach of the Year..But Coach Brooks and MVP candidate Kevin Durant have the Thunder on pace to win 50 games..After finishing last season among the worst defensive teams in the league..This season they're among the league's best..Allowing 95 points a game and opponents are shooting only 43.6% against the Thunder...
4.Lionel Hollins-Memphis..They say the 3rd time is the Charm..Hollins was the team's interim coach in the 1999/2000 season then again in the 2004/2005 season..In his 1st full season as the Grizzlies coach,Hollins have them in position to make the playoffs..The Iverson Experiment was a disaster..But adding troubled but talented Zach Randolph was The Bomb!! Randolph has been a model citizen..While making his 1st AllStar appearance and have been a positive influence on young stars Rudy Gay,O.J. Mayo & Marc Gasol..
5.Larry Brown-Charlotte..Once again 1 of the best coaches in league history..Is getting the most out of his players..Charlotte is on pace for their 1st playoff appearance in franchise history..He has them finishing games and dominating teams with stifling defense..Then turning that into instant offense..
I say Scott Skiles, he has done a lot with a little. Nate McMillian is a very close second though.
Even though I'm a huge Thunder fan, I don't think Scott Brooks should get Coach of the Year, but definitely up for discussion. He already had a squad loaded with young talent. If anything, they should make an award for Sam Presti.
Scott Skiles gets my vote
You guys ever wonder why Jerry Sloan never win this award?
No, it's simply because everybody hates the Utah Jazz.
I hate em lol
If the Jazz were to finish 1st or 2nd in the West, Jerry Sloan would be coach of the year.
I say Scott Brooks the Thunder are in the loaded west if the Bucks were out there they wouldn't be in the playoffs so my vote def. goes to Brooks. hands down
The fact that OKC wins games because of their defense says a lot about Brooks, especially with the fact that they were one of the worst defensive teams last year. Everyone expects young talented guys to score, but it's not often you see them be able shut teams down on the other end.