Well, this isn’t that surprising.
Today, George Karl of the Denver Nuggets was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year for 2013, but where did our very own Mike D’Antoni rank?
D’Antoni didn’t receive any votes for COTY, though he did win the award in 2005 when he lead the Phoenix Suns to a 62-20 record. This year, his Los Angeles Lakers finished at 45-37 after starting out the season with a 17-25 record, as the team was out of the playoff picture. The Lakers’ late run to make it to the playoffs, especially in April, can mostly be attributed to the inspired play by Kobe Bryant, plus the support he had from a healthier Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol.
D’Antoni wasn’t alone in the No Votes club, though, as 15 other NBA coaches also went without nabbing a single vote.
Erik Spoelstra from Miami was second in the voting, while Mike Woodson (Knicks), Gregg Popovich (Spurs) and Frank Vogel (Pacers) rounded out the top 5.
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