This is the fourth installment of our 2011 NBA Awards coverage. You can also read about the MVP, the Rookie of the Year and the Most Improved Player awards. Our thoughts on Defensive Player of the Year will be posted Tuesday.
The NBA’s Coach of the Year award is one of real prestige and league-wide significance, but it’s also one of tremendous subjectivity and opinion. For instance: Is it more impressive to make a horrible team pretty good or a good team great? Is it more challenging to win with young and stubborn talent or old and aging talent? These are just a couple of the questions in play when considering COY, and why with the three candidates, you can make the case for anyone.
1). Tom Thibodeau (Chicago) – Doug Collins has been great for Philly, and Greg Popovich has reaffirmed his legend in San Antonio, but Thibodeau, as a defensive genius, has helped transform Chicago into the No.1 team in the east and a title threat.