In the NBA, with 15 players collectively making somewhere north of $60 million in salary and being almost impossible to replace, it is no wonder that the coach and his assistants are the usual fall guys for poor performance. Few jobs carry so much responsibility with such little real authority.
The Denver Nuggets, possibly one of the most exciting teams to watch in the playoffs this year, are seemingly falling apart.
The Nuggets leadership is dissolving before our very eyes and clearly having its affect on Denver’s players, as can be seen from Thursday’s quote from Kenneth Faried.
“That’s a long story you’re getting into there,” I was warned as I asked Vogel that question at the Pacers’ shootaround on Tuesday morning at MSG.
Indeed, it is.
Vogel, who finished a distant fifth in voting for Coach of the Year honors, isn’t a former NBA player.
He is, however, a former Division III, pre-med varsity point guard with a 2.6 GPA (“That was not going to get me into med school,” he told the Indiana Business Journal) who realized as a junior in college that his future didn’t belong in scrubs so much as it did in sneakers and shorts.
Hard work, passion and unwavering commitment, combined with serendipity, can be just enough – more than enough – to help someone reach their dreams.
When I cast my Coach of the Year vote for George Karl, I had no idea so many others would do the same.
More than half the voters made the same choice.
The final individual award given out by the NBA was announced this morning, and Karl was the Coach of the Year in a runaway. with Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat second and Mike Woodson of the Knicks third.
We already know the winners of the Most Improved Player award, the Sixth Man Award and the Defensive Player of the Year. Rookie of the Year will be a runaway, as will MVP.
Coach of the Year? That is one of the biggest mysteries remaining in this NBA postseason — along with the question of whether the Miami Heat will ever lose a game.
I have a tremendous history with coaches. It started by growing up with an NBA Coach of the Year living across the hall from me for my entire childhood.
That helped me grow up to have an 18-year NBA career playing for 15 different coaches. And when you consider that I had one coach (Doug Moe) for eight of those years, that means that I went through 14 coaches in the other 10 years. I was not a coach-killer, but it does show the life expectancy of a coach is about the same as a fruit fly.