Thursday, April 22nd, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  7 responses

Scott Brooks: Coach of the Year

After winning the award — and doing so deservedly — the question now becomes, Will Scott Brooks survive the C.O.Y. jinx? Thunder fans (and Brooks himself) certainly hope so. From the Oklahoman: “Is there an NBA Coach of the Year jinx? Nine of the last 14 Coaches of the Year were fired, resigned or retired within two years of winning the award. Ten didn’t make it past three seasons. Two of the other four winners, Doc Rivers in Orlando and Del Harris in 1999 with the Lakers, were fired early in their fourth season after winning the award. ‘Can we enjoy this moment first before we talk about the history of the Coach of the Year award,’ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said, laughing. The only two Coaches of the Year to have sustained success with the same organization the past 15 years were Gregg Popovich (Spurs) and Pat Riley (Heat).”

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  • Ken

    That IS a weird jinx. Congrats to Brooks though.

  • http://www.nba.com/suns Dacre

    It’s not a jinx, any moreso than it’s evidence of the faulty ajudication of the award itself. Giving a coach an award, because said coach was part of an organisation that improved in the W column over the previous years and in comparison to said teams teams former coach is completely missguided. What happens the next year? Other teams get better the following season, improve their activity and all of a sudden Mr ‘Coach Of The Year’ is a blight to the team and the organisation… It doesn’t make sense, and teams need to pick a coach, stay with them for at least 5 years (let them develop the 21 yr old rookie you draft?!? for crying out loud) and really show some commitment.
    The kicker with this award is, once you give it to Jerry Sloan your going to have to KEEP giving it to him – because you get the sustained excellence from him he has always delivered!

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  • Thomas

    coach of the year award: Scott Brooks 1, Mike Brown 1, Jerry Sloan 0.

  • LA Huey

    co-sign Dacre. Especially the part about keeping a coach long enough to develop the team

  • 23-Jordan-45

    Man Nate McMillan should of got this award. Nothing agains Scott Brooks, he was the second best coach this year, but the Blazers mad the Playoffs while missing half their players this year. No Oden, Pryzbilla, Aldridge, Roy, Blake, Batum, Fernandez, and Outlaw all missed time this year for us and we still got a better seed than the Thunder. All these people say they went from 54 wins to 50, thats garbage. Nate McMillan IS the coach of the year, I don’t care what anyone says

  • chintao

    I hate Jordan, but I’ll agree with this guy ^ on this ONE topic.