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Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 at 9:55 am  |  47 responses

George Karl Named the NBA’s Coach of the Year


Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl, in a surprise announcement, has been named the NBA’s top coach. This is the first COY award for Karl in 25 years as a bench boss in the League. Erik Spoelstra finished second in the voting, followed by Mike Woodson, Gregg Popovich and Frank Vogel. Here’s the press release: “Denver’s George Karl is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced Wednesday. Under Karl’s stewardship, the Nuggets finished with a league-best 38-3 (.927) mark at home and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs. In earning his first NBA Coach of the Year, Karl totaled 404 points, including 62 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. 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. The Nuggets went 57-25 (.695) — the league’s fourth-best record — despite beginning the season as the league’s third-youngest team with an average age of 24.9 years, and not having a player score more than 16.7 points per game during the regular season. According to NBA.com/Stats, the Nuggets ranked third in assists (24.4 apg), generating an assist on 60.0 percent of their made field goals. Denver ranked fifth in player impact estimate (53.8 percent), offensive rating (107.6) and net rating (+5.6). The Nuggets’ 38-3 record at Pepsi Center was a franchise-best and tied for the 14th best home record in league annals. Additionally, their .927 winning percentage at home was the highest since 2008-09 when the Cleveland Cavaliers went 39-2 (.951) at Quicken Loans Arena.”

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

    Is this a joke? First the LeBron news and now this? Tom Thibodeau, Spoelstra and Mark Jackson were all much better candidates. Like Woodson and Frank Voegel too.

  • LLC#12

    An overrated coach in my opinion. Would have been my 6th or 7th choice, max.

  • MUBWAR

    spo and thibs got rob. A team that was eliminated by a 6 seed doesn’t deserve the coach of the year. sorry

  • Max

    Ok…

  • Samm

    This is false news espn nor nba or tsn has confirmed this news. Slam Gota making up dumb stories…

  • LLC#12
  • LLC#12

    Disagree?

  • pposse

    When was the vote? Did they just vote on this now after the first rd of the playoffs when George Karls team got bounced? This is a lifetime achievement award. Thibs didnt even crack the top 5? wow

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

    lol overrated… ok

  • Diesel

    Thibs finished 8th? That’s ridiculous. I know it’s not a post season award but George Karl almost never getting out of the first round would eliminate him from contention in my eyes every year.

  • Max

    Nah, LLC#12.
    I even agree on that.

  • Max

    Lol, Maybe click on the link?

  • Max

    Tom Thobodeau lol

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

    Ridiculous. If this was a media vote they should be stripped of their votes

  • Mackenzie

    I think the best coach in the league right now is Thibodeau for the Bulls but I thought they got this pick right for the season, considering the Nuggets had no all-stars and GK still coached them to the 3rd seed in the Western Conference. But considering he’s never won the award before it’s kind of a given he was going to get it over previous winner Thibs or Spoelstra who has 2 (possibly 3) future hall-of-famers.

  • Mackenzie

    LOL Vinny Del Negro got more votes than Scott Brooks and Doc Rivers. We all know Chris Paul is the de facto head coach of the Clippers so why not give him some votes too

  • LLC#12

    He’s a good coach, don’t get me wrong, but coach of the year? I don’t know about that.

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

    Why do people act like he had to work so hard to coach the Nuggets? They are arguably the deepest team in the League. They have a crazy home court advantage. Just because they don’t have a superstar is not a big deal. The bulls didn’t have a superstar and had far worse talent overall. The Lakers were hurt. Spurs had injuries and the Grizzlies and Thunder were handling massive trades. He was t coach of the year. Look at the overall talent on that roster. How often have they had the same deficiencies?

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    He pretty much won by a landslide, I’m astonished. Mark Jackson only deserved 3 first place votes? Thibs only got 2? This was a “George Karl has been a good coach all these years and never won one, and may not have a year this successful again so let’s give it to him now” lifetime achievement award.

  • Vince

    As much as I love Karl and the Nuggets the award should’ve gone to Thibs, he overcame more difficulties than both Spoelstra and Pop combined. Thibodeau got robbed.

  • airs

    thibs wasn’t even top 5. what a joke

  • berkamore

    My picks off the top of my head:

    1 Thibodeau. And it’s not even close

    2. Pops, Spo and/or Mark Jackson.

    3. Woodson, Vogel, McHale,

    I’ll take all those guys over George Karl. Like somebody already said on the thread, Karl has a nice roster and he’s a good coach. But he strikes me as a regular season coach, not a playoff guy. And I believe a coach shows his true colors in the playoffs because the other guy is actually going to focus on you and your team in a seven game series. There’s nowhere to hide, and every game counts.

    I still remember those stacked Seattle teams George Karl had back in the nineties. He had like eight or nine guys who could really play. But those teams always underachieved in the playoffs. (He was the coach of a 63 win team that lost to the eight seeded Nuggets back in 1994, if I remember correctly…….) But then again, if he got the award, good for him.

  • berkamore

    I forgot Hollins of the Grizz. Underrated coach IMO.

  • Caboose

    Wtf?
    Thibs
    Popovich
    Vogel
    Jackson
    Hollins
    Spo
    Woodson
    McHale
    Seriously, George Karl might be the most overrated coach of all time. I’ve no idea why he gets so much credit when he’s gifted strongly talented and deep teams.

  • Caboose

    I honestly wonder, if you polled the top 100 commenters here on SLAM, would we get a better result? By better, meaning closer to general perception.

  • LakeShow

    Jackson!!!

  • LakeShow

    It is a regular season award though, let us remember.

    And don’t forget about other “great” COTY of the past: Scott Brooks, Mike Brown, Sam Mitchell, Mike D’Antoni… (I agree with some of these coaches being deserving btw)

  • spit hot fiyah

    too much work

  • spit hot fiyah

    u nailed it with he last sentence. it seems like these types of awards leave an imprint on players’ and coaches legacies. if it didn’t, we should even be taking this stuff seriously since the voting is a joke. luke babbitt getting on the 6th man list and chris copeland getting 2nd and 3rd place votes for ROY illustrates the point.

  • Max

    I think it would be good if they gave the COY after the 2nd round, because in the playoffs coaching is way more important than in the regular season.

  • Max

    You didn’t nail the last sentence at all, screw you Spit, Cope and Luke will win a co-mvp someday!

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Exactly what I said. It’s becasue he’s a good quote and because the media is woefully ignorant of the League in some ways.
    I mean, this guy on NPR claims to follow the NBA closely but said this morning he didn’t know who Nate Robinson was until he went off in Game 1.
    Are you freaking kidding me?

  • Caboose

    ….That is pathetic.

  • spit hot fiyah

    co-finals mvp

  • spit hot fiyah

    wow they couldn’t even get his name right. stay classy nba

  • RedDragon10

    I want to know which idiots gave Vinny Del Negro and Larry Drew a first place vote

  • robb

    unbelievable isn’t it?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Thibs could probably get the BCats to the playoffs based off his defensive system alone. Lol Pops could too, just would be funny seeing him making it happen with so many rookies on the roster.

  • Max

    The Bobcats? hellznaw.
    The Wizards, they would make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Yeah but they have an all-star in J-Wall now lol so there goes the mystique.

  • Max

    Yeah but the Bobcats are just too bad.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    lmao….yeah…they really are. But with guys like Kemba, Kidd-Gil, and ther potential pick, McKlemore, These guys could be a scary core coming in a couple seasons, I really expect Kidd to develop similarly to Kwhai Leonard, hopefully he works out those shooting mechanics.

  • Max

    Ah yeah, that would be good, but I expect something even bigger of him. He was a no 2 pick after all.
    I believe he can develop like Paul George, not really as good a shooter from deep but a better driver.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    Yeah true you are right to put up a higher ceiling for him, I wouldn’t even be mad if he became a more aggressive Iggy. I honest think once Ben gets there, this team will be better if Ben is a 20+ppg guy while MKG is a 15-19 guy who makes plays for Ben to work off of until he develops better on ball skills. I love Kemba but I am concerned about his desire, not the skill, to be more of a facilitator.

  • Max

    Let’s hope, I really hope Ben turns into a great pro.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000166716900 Anthony Darnello Taylor Jr.

    I know man, I am scared because there is a severe lack of developmental staffing in the League and the bobcats are just as depleted in that area as anyone else. It is sad to me, I honestly feel that the NBA is losing skill as the athleticism increases. It seems like only the point guards are really developing any skill.

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