After guiding San Antonio to a 50-16 record in the abbreviated season, Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will be named 2012 NBA Coach of the Year. The award will be Popovich’s second in his NBA coaching career, all with the Spurs.
Popovich faced criticism for resting his aging starters Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili while the Spurs were in the midst of winning streaks throughout the season but the Spurs still managed to finish with the best record in the Western Conference and tied with the Chicago Bulls for best record in the NBA.
Popovich is the longest tenured head coach in professional sports with 16 seasons. He has a career record of 847-399 (.680) and his Spurs teams have won 50+ games in 14 of his 16 seasons, including four NBA Championships (1999, 2003, 2005 and 2007).