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Spoelstra didn’t want Coach of the Year
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 8, 2013 @ 8:03 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
MIAMI — Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra didn’t win the NBA Coach of the Year Award on Tuesday.
And he was relieved.
“I was probably more pleased this morning than George Karl,” said Spoelstra who finished second in voting to the Denver Nuggets coach.
Spoelstra has a keen understanding of the award, which comes with dubious distinctions and doesn’t guarantee a championship or job security.
“I congratulate George Karl. I know he didn’t want it either, no disrespect,” Spoelstra said.
No one since San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich in 2003 has won coach of the year and an NBA championship in the same season, and there was a recent run of coach of the year winners who were let go in two seasons or less after winning the award.
Spoelstra said most people were “aware of the stigma and the jinx. I’m not very superstitious, but all coaches and I think you guys understand that award. It’s not quite as definitive as the (Sports Illustrated cover) jinx, but it’s pretty close.”
When asked about the award on April 26, Spoelstra told USA TODAY Sports he doesn’t think about it.
“I don’t think any coach does,” he said. “One, you have enough on your plate that you’re thinking of all the things you need to do to give your team a chance to accomplish whatever goal it is. That will take up a majority of the time.
“Secondly, no coach wants to be a part of that. Every coach knows the history of it. I like my job. I hope I can keep this job for a long time. I’m not overly superstitious, but I’d rather not fall into that jinx that a lot of great coaches have fallen into.”
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