The NBA announced this morning that San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been awarded the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year. Popovich led the Spurs to an NBA-best record of 62-20, making 2013-14 is the 15th consecutive season that he’s guided San Antonio to at least 50 wins. A well deserved honor.
Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts ended sixth in Coach of the Year voting behind Popovich, Phoenix’s Jeff Hornacek, Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau, Charlotte’s Steve Clifford and Toronto’s Dwane Casey and ahead of L.A.’s Doc Rivers,, Oklahoma City’s Scott Brooks, Golden State’s Mark Jackson and Brooklyn’s Jason Kidd.
Stotts received two first-place votes, one from Bill Oram of the Orange County Register and the other from Trail Blazers broadcaster Mike Rice. He tallied three second-place votes courtesy of The Oregonian’s Joe Freeman, Mark Followill of Fox Sports and Trail Blazers radio play-by-play man Brian Wheeler. His six third-place votes came from ESPN’s Jon Barry, Bob Cooney of the Philadelphoa Daily News, George Blaha of Fox Sports Detroit, Brenda Brown of the MSG Network, Candace Buckner of the Indianapolis Star (and former Columbian Trail Blazers beat writer) and Stacy King of Comcast SportsNet.
Stotts led the Trail Blazers to a 54-28 record and a fifth-place finish in the Western Conference while overseeing a 21-game improvement from last season, a franchise record.