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Gregg Popovich Named 2012 NBA Coach Of The Year, Pacers' Vogel Finishes Third

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Apr 6, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (left) during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Spurs won 128-103. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE
Apr 6, 2012; San Antonio, TX, USA; San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talks with San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (left) during the second half at the AT&T Center. The Spurs won 128-103. Mandatory Credit: Soobum Im-US PRESSWIRE

San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was named 2012 NBA Coach of the Year honors on Tuesday, according to the NBA. Coach Pop certainly earned the honor mixing in several inexperienced role players with the seasoned veterans on San Antonio's roster. He also found a way to neutralize the condensed NBA schedule by finding rest for stars Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker, yet still guiding the Spurs to the top seed in the Western Conference.

Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau finished second for leading the Bulls to the top spot in the East while dealing with the oft injured Derrick Rose throughout the season.

Indiana Pacers coach Frank Vogel fared well in the voting, finishing a solid third place among the other candidates. After reading a lot of analysis by voters, I didn't think Vogel would finish so close to the top. More than one of those national observers I read listed five or six coaches on their list without even mentioning Vogel. Of course, no one has to tell us what Vogel has done to deserve the award. The rise from eighth to third seed in the East speaks for itself.

Here are the voting totals for the top three coaches:

Coach 1st 2nd 3rd Total
Popovich 77 24 10 467
Thibodeau 27 53 21 315
Vogel 7 27 45 161

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