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Monday, April 20th, 2009 at 2:05 pm  |  52 responses

Mike Brown Named Coach of the Year

by Ryne Nelson

Mike Brown ran away with the award, totaling 355 points, including 55 first-place votes. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote. See how the scoring broke down in the table below.

Rick Adelman and Stan Van Gundy finished in second- and third-place, respectively, in a tight 151-, 150-point battle. Erik Spoelstra, interestingly received the second-most third place votes, but finished seventh overall due to the one-point value assigned to third-place selections. Phil Jackson, despite guiding the Lakers to the Western Conference’s best record (by far), received just one first-place vote. Greatness is expected of Jackson, but he’s only received the COY once in his career (1996).

Times have changed in Boston as Doc Rivers, last season’s Coach of the Year runner up, finished 10th this season, despite a 62-20 record and a sidelined Kevin Garnett for over 30 percent of the season.

’08-09 NBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS
Coach Team 1st 2nd 3rd Pts
Mike Brown Cleveland 55 21 17 355
Rick Adelman Houston 13 24 14 151
Stan Van Gundy Orlando 13 20 25 150
Nate McMillan Portland 15 14 10 127
George Karl Denver 11 16 14 117
Jerry Sloan Utah 9 9 6 78
Erik Spoelstra Miami 2 8 19 53
Mike Woodson Atlanta 1 3 3 17
Phil Jackson L.A. Lakers 1 3 4 17
Doc Rivers Boston 1 2 4 15
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  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    I wonder if the Hamburglar will present the award? Too easy? Too soon?

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    ^LMAO. I voted for Paul Silas.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Sorry ’bout the downtime, everyone. If we could figure out what’s causing it, believe me, this wouldn’t be happening regularly.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    He certainly got my vote, proverbially speaking.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Ryne, we’re just getting too popular. It’s all the Playoff coverage.

  • Kas

    wow can’t wait for people to realize the mistake they’ve made once the cavs don’t win the championship. both for voting for this guy as best coach and leBronze for mvp (didn’t catch last years oympics, but I assume China won because they have 4 billion people to choose from).
    Kobe’s MVP, Wade is better than James, and all sportswriters make me sick for not being able to make their own decisions, always going with the mainstream.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    ^That guys in the wrong place.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    I can understand the coaching argument, Kas. And I’m one of the biggest Kobe fan’s on this site, but you can’t logically explain why LeBron didn’t deserve the MVP. Does that make them the champs? No. We saw that last year.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    Worst NBA award ever. Not that Mike Brown didn’t deserve it this year, I guess, but the fact that Jerry Sloan, Pop and Phil Jax have combined to win TWO means the award is meaningless.

  • riggs

    this is a damn shame, as grimace has only partially showed this year that he can actually coach.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    The only coaching changes Mike Brown has made since last season is he gave control of his offense up to his lead assistant…..Coach of the year is a joke.

  • neaorin

    I’m torn. There are three main things which separate this season’s Cavs team to its previous incarnations: 1) LeBron is better; 2) the supporting cast in better; 3) the offense is MUCH better. 1) is on Lebron himself. 2) is squarely on Danny Ferry and 3) is mainly on John Kuester who put it in place is calling offensive plays. Brown has the merit of setting his ego aside and letting someone who was clearly more competent at this facet of the game take charge. Is that enough for COY? Does Stan Van Gundy have an offensive coordinator?

  • Kas

    logically, no. but it still makes me cry at night(at least a little bit) and go on occasional rants on basketball webpages.

    and i’m definetly not in the wrong place, I’m in norway, where everybody has jobs. Even I have a job(sort of). no, just kidding, hang in there guys, but lebron fans just make me so darn angry

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Stan Van Gundy’s offense can be thought of by a baby. “Dwight stand under the hoop, everyone else run around the 3 point line, or stand there, whatever.” There should be a team of the year award instead of coach of the year. Executive of the year should be changed to Front Office of the year as well.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    Norway? Wow…..that may be a first around here.

  • http://andrewamcneill.wordpress.com Andrew A McNeill

    Wow, Gregg Popovich is not on that list at all. That’s a train wreck seeing as he helped keep the Spurs stable through injuries all season and the San Antonio won 50 games again this season.

  • neaorin

    ugh, disregard all the spelling errors in that. FAIL=me.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Kas – as angry as LeBron fans make you, Ignorants make us just as angry

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Kas – as angry as LeBron fans make you, Ignorants make us just as angry

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Well, considering half of the last 10 coaches of the year have either retired or been fired, this really isn’t a good thing.

  • reggie haters

    everyone loves to hate…give the man his credit, god dam!

  • tom

    how come george karl being 5th?? at least put chauncey in there

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I truly believe that most NBA coaches are excellent. This is a players’ league and you’re only as good as your personnel. Doc Rivers was praised in Orlando (COY), then people thought he was the dumbest human being alive, then KG and Ray Ray came to Beantown (he’s a genius again). Essentially, a good NBA coach is one that’s given a lot of talent and doesn’t mess it up. Like Phil. Like Brown this year with the addition of Mo. Like Del Negro who’s looking better by the days because Rose is beasting and the deadline trade is working.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Oh, and everyone talks about the stale O schemes of Cleveland w/o ever giving props to Mike Brown for the best defensive rotations in the L.

  • neaorin

    Z: did you just refer to Vinny Del Negro as a good NBA coach? Russ might just ban you from the site for that one.

  • neaorin

    And I agree with the rest of what you said.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I think Mike Brown being named COY and the Slam site crashing at the same time wasn’t coincidental.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Z the Mike Brown thing is right except he got his props 2 years ago when Cleveland got to the finals with defense and LeBron as their offense. He was actually criticized for being to focused on defense.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    No, I was actually saying quite the opposite: he’s looking better because Rose is playing superb basketball but everybody knows he still sucks. At least for now. Players making mental mistakes and set up plays always breaking down at the end of games are glaring signs of a lack of preparation. That’s on the coach. Running plays for the wrong guy at the end of games is also unacceptable. Rose should have the ball in his hands all the time in the last 2 minutes. Don’t run screens for BG. Let Rose get to the paint and make a decision. If BG is open, he’ll find him.

  • http://apeachbasketandadream.wordpress.com Peach B.

    Russ, I completely agree with this: “Worst NBA award ever. Not that Mike Brown didn’t deserve it this year, I guess, but the fact that Jerry Sloan, Pop and Phil Jax have combined to win TWO means the award is meaningless.” They should probably just call it Breakthrough Coach of the Year.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    nbk, then why do people call Mike D a genius when his offense is superb and his defense is downright atrocious at best? Mike Brown is not Phil nor Pops… but he ain’t Reggie Theus either! The Cavs can defend and rebound, which means that they will always give LeBron a decent shot in the playoffs of taking over in crunch time to win them the game even if the O is not clicking. That’s on Mike Brown. He laid that foundation. He understood that championships are won by getting stops and securing boards in crunch time.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Z what makes you think Mike D’s defense is attrocious at best? I don’t have the exact number but the Phoenix suns were in the top half of the league in defense 4 of 5 years he coached them. Just because his teams give up a lot of points doesn’t mean he is a bad defensive coach. And the reason Mike Brown was criticized for being to focused on offense was because of the dismantling of Cleveland done by SA that year. Cleveland ran Iso’s with LeBron thats all they ran, now that the offense has been handed over they run sets that encourage spacing and allow players to take advantage of their strengths. In a way his best coaching decision was to relinquish some of his coaching responsibilities. I am not hating on him just saying, he has been given props for his defensive schemes in the past, there is no reason to get all excited over something that has been so consistent.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    to focused on *defense*

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    Z, I hear your point about coaches looking as good as their players. Not that it matters, because voting was closed on the last day of the regular season, but Vinny Del Negro was next on the list (at No. 11).

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Izzo

    If they re-named it to “Coach of the team that had the most surprisingly good season award” then it’d be more accurate.

  • nate the great

    gayyy, he’s lucky he has lebron, we should just say lebron won coach of the year..

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    @izzo Yes. Maybe Jerry Sloan would finally win one if he took over a team of has-beens and never-beens.

  • http://www.another48minutes.blogspot.com Gerard Himself

    @nate the great: what a dumb comment. A lot of coaches who have won the award had a great player on his team, so what? If you say stuff like that, that must mean you want to ban the award? And it would mean that a lot of coaches didn’t deserve it? Byron Scott has Chris Paul and won it last year, Gregg Popovich has Tim Duncan, just to name a few. What does that mean?

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    nbk, tell the whole story. that team’s backcourt was larry hughes and pavlovic. some called them the worst team to ever make the finals. isos were ran because nobody else on that team could make a shot! san antone was BEGGING hughes to take j’s.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    this is such a joke.
    mike brown sucks. i think coach of the year should be lebron.. i mean he is the only reason why mike is getting noticed.
    Nate mcmillan brought his team from nothing to something in like 2-3 seasons. thats just deserving of 4th?
    i mean lebron and dwight developing into beast regardliss of what coach they have doesnt make mike or stan good coaches.

  • http://www.broy7.com/roy/index nate the great

    okay gerard tell me what makes mike brown such a deserving coach to win the award? huh?
    exactly.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    Z larry hughes played in 2 games in the finals and shot a total of 10 shots. Literally every play was either an ISO for LeBron, or an Iso for LeBron into a pick and fade for boobie. Who actually shot over 40% from the field and 3pt line. SA was encouraging LEBRON to shoot the whole series, and they were able to do that because Mike Brown didn’t have an offense that got LeBron the ball in places he could score from. It was give him the ball at the top of the key, or FT line extended and watch what he can do. No matter how bad the shooters on your team are you can still run an offense, ask Philadelphia

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    And Iso’s were ran on that team because Mike Brown is not a creative offensive coach, and hadn’t encountered a team that new how to take full advantage of LeBron while getting in the head of the rest of the team like the Spurs did. Detroit knew how to do the latter.

  • http://basketball-reference.com nbk

    knew*

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Rick Adelman, Nate McMillan, and Stan Van Gundy all deserved it more. Congratulations to Mike Brown, though, but seriously.
    I’m starting to think if players were eligible for Coach of the Year, they would have given it to LeBron. Since they don’t, Mike Brown got it. Just another way the NBA tries to “Ryan Jones” LeBron James.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    That’s not a d!ss to Ryan, by the way!

  • http://www.basketballjerseyworld.com nba-jersey-king

    Good choice – Mike Brown COTY, Lebron MVP, Cavs Championship – somehow I dont think Lebron will leave and go anywhere, especially the mess called the New York Knicks

  • http://www.fovweb.com/ FovWeb

    very good

  • money

    what the hell is kas talkin about? leborn shouldnt be mvp? man do they even have a league in norway? do u watch nba games?

  • ClydeSays

    Eh. Cavs ARE better, but 90% of that is due to LeBron is playing at some stratospheric level, 5% is Mo Williams & 4% Cavs role players get to be role players instead of starters.

    I give Mike Brown 1% credit.

    As much as the suspiciously-pale Jazz organization creeps me out, I have to give Sloan credit. No coach has done more with less in my memory.

  • wayno

    Mike Brown is overrated…oh well, that’s how COTY works I guess…You could put any shmoe at head coach of that team and they’d be doing just as well.

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