by Marcel Mutoni

Jerry Stackhouse may not necessarily agree, but Byron Scott was the best coach in the NBA this season.

His team lost out on first place in the brutal Western Conference by just one game, and for his troubles, he’s going to be named the Coach of the Year tonight before Game 5 of the Mavs/Hornets series.

It’s the first time, Scott has earned the league’s Coach of the Year award that is selected by print, radio and television media that covers the NBA.

Scott beat out Boston’s Doc Rivers, Philadelphia’s Maurice Cheeks and Houston’s Rick Adelman for the award.

The New Orleans Hornets are obviously an amazing story, and they had no business whatsoever winning as much as they did this season. A lot of the credit for that success has to be given to Scott.

Not only that, but coach Scott has also overseen the stunning development of Chris Paul, who could be given a prestigious award of his own pretty soon.