The lack of love for Brad Stevens from other NBA coaches is reaching mystifying levels.
In a recent Zach Lowe podcast, ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz shared the views of a rival assistant, who protested the deification of Stevens. But now comes even more concrete evidence.
The NBA coaches named Toronto’s Dwane Casey their coach of the year on Wednesday. This is a separate award from the actual Coach of the Year, which is voted on by media members.
“The Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award for the top NBA Coach as voted by his peers is one of the most meaningful in all of pro sports,” said Mavericks coach and NBCA president Rick Carlisle in a release. “Dwane Casey once again maximized the Toronto roster to achieve the top record in the Eastern Conference. Congratulations to Dwane on this prestigious recognition.”
Buried within a New York Times story revealing the winner, however, is this interesting nugget: though eight coaches received votes in the balloting, Stevens wasn’t one of them:
Casey is also regarded as a top contender for the N.B.A.’s Coach of the Year Award and, according to the people with knowledge of the voting for the N.B.C.A. award, was one of just eight coaches to receive votes in the balloting. The other seven coaches to receive votes from their peers were Philadelphia’s Brett Brown, Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, Indiana’s Nate McMillan, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, Utah’s Quin Snyder, Portland’s Terry Stotts and the Los Angeles Clippers’ Doc Rivers.
You don’t have to be a homer to wonder why Stevens didn’t receive more recognition for surviving the loss of Gordon Hayward five minutes into the season, or Kyrie Irving for the playoffs, and still bringing the Celtics to the verge of the Eastern Conference Finals. Even if voting was conducted before the end of the regular season, it’s hard to make a case that, say, Rivers taking the Clippers to 10th in the West was more impressive than Stevens’ Celtics finishing second in the East with one of the youngest rosters in the league.
The irony of this is that while Casey may be the favorite to win Coach of the Year, there’s also a chance he’ll be fired, thanks to a second-round sweep at the hands of the Cavaliers.
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Source: GreenStreet Blog