Thursday, May 9th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  19 responses

Erik Spoelstra Happy Not to Win Coach of the Year Award

Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra took losing the COY award to George Karl in stride — in fact, Spoelstra seemed rather thrilled he didn’t win. Per the Miami Herald: “Four of the previous seven coaches to win the award were fired within two years of winning it, though none of the past three lost their jobs. ‘It’s not quite as definitive as the [Sports Illustrated] jinx, but pretty close,’ he said, jokingly wiping his brow in relief when he learned he didn’t win it. ‘I congratulate George Karl. I know he didn’t want it, either. I’m probably more pleased this morning than George Karl. I’m not very superstitious.. but [coaches] are aware of the stigma.’ [...] Spoelstra was not close to Karl in the final vote count. Karl had 404 points, Spoelstra 190. Karl had 62 first-place votes, Spoelstra 24. New York’s Mike Woodson finished third. ‘I’m not surprised,’ Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. ‘I kind of knew Spo wasn’t going to get it because they expect us to be the team that we are. The good thing about it is he doesn’t care. George Karl did a hell of a job. I thought [Golden State’s] Mark Jackson did a hell of a job this year and really deserved some consideration.’ Jackson finished seventh, and Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was eighth.”

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  • http://twitter.com/jay258064 jay jay

    Yea cuz having 57 wins with no all stars this year is easier than having 3 stars

  • BugEyes

    George Karl has been in the L for 20 odd years he deserves it, I hope he can capture a ring one day. but spo deserved it to he is a master at showing his team what went wrong on film and look what happened game 2

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  • shockexchange

    COY now connotes “A coach who gets the most out of less talent … who will eventually get fired because the delusional owner is (i) unhappy he didn’t take the cake and (ii) secretly pines for Phil Jackson who only wants to coach teams with exceptional talent.”

  • GSW Fan

    What stopped Mark Jackson from getting it? I know its regular season but he even beat Karl for extra proof.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    Erik Spoelstra is Phil Jackson 2.0 in terms of having super-teams.

  • Jermaine Propaine

    Yep, nobody pushes play like Spo. I mean, that kind of coaching excellence is what got them where they are. Showing Veteran players a video of what they did so they can see their own flaws is masterful strategy and Spo is right there on the cutting edge. having the best player in the world at the time really blurs the fact that Spo’s ability to push the play button on a dvd player is what seperates the mice from the men. One day Spo they’ll understand your brilliance. one day…

  • http://twitter.com/LuisBrownish Luis Moreno

    He didn’t start out with super teams. He got two 40 plus win seasons out the Heat before LeBron got there. That’s including when Chlamers, Beasley, were starters as rookies. He can coach.

  • Drig

    IMO : Pop>Thibs~Karl>Spo~Jackson.

    Pop because he’s the best. Infact, it’s a travesty he doesn’t win it every year.

    Thibs because his team was ravaged by injuries and yet he still managed to plug his team’s deficiencies on D.

    Karl because he led his team to 57 wins without ONE all-star. Kinda like Thibs.

    I docked Spo points this season because there simply wasn’t much left for him to perfect or work around ( injuries, player slumps etc. ) this season.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    I’m not saying he can’t coach. I’m just saying he has a super team that’s all.

  • roscoe

    u need to turn ur local sports yokle radio show off.

    its doing severe damage Evan. head to the hospital soon.

  • roscoe

    who votes on the COY award?

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    I really don’t understand what you’re trying to imply…
    The Miami Heat are a super team.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Andre Igoudala has been an all star. Let us be clear on that. Also they have the deepest team in the league. What other squad has eight or nine starter quality players? It is ridiculous how people gloss over this fact.

  • Drig

    Iggy has been borderline all-star. His FT shooting has regressed. He’s done well to help the team cope with injuries to Lawson with his playmaking but he hasn’t done enough to merit an ASG berth over WB, KB, TP, Harden, CP3 as a guard.

  • roscoe

    clearly finger painting & recess were your strengths in class…

    let’s take a math quiz:

    11 – 1 = 10

    11/1 = 1000%

    1/11 = 9%

    1 – 11 = -10

    hmm… from my calcs it appears pjax’s resume is quite different.

  • roscoe

    i’ll answer my own question for anyone else who wants to know:

    via AP: “elected by a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and Canada. Voting is on a 5-3-1 basis.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/cardiac.is.here Evan Harris

    God, you are stupid…
    I’m not talking about in terms of how many rings.
    When did I say Erik’s ring is more meaningful than Phil’s 11?
    Your math calculations have nothing to do with my statement of Erik having a super team like Phil did.

    I”m talking about their teams.

    Heat – Lebron, Wade, Bosh
    Lakers – Kobe, Shaq (Kobe, Gasol, Bynum?)
    Bulls – MJ, Pippen

    THOSE ARE SUPER TEAMS. (Not including role players at all)

    Nobody could/can really compete with them.


  • roscoe

    I guess you didn’t pay attention in physics class either…

    we don’t live in a ______ vacuum! the penny drops slower!

    maybe you should go back to the sand box npse forum where people don’t think outside of their naval.

    keep shaking.