After a blistering 12-3 record during March, San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month.
The Spurs — in part because of Pop’s adherence to fundamentals and his cerebral approach to the game — outscored their opponents by nine points per 100 possessions, which, over the course of the entire year, would put them second in the entire league.
The Spurs are currently in the midst of a league high seven game winning streak, four of which came against potential playoff teams.
Because of their pristine ball movement and proper floor spacing they have confounded opposing defenses. The Spurs also have 12 guys, legitimately, who can play basketball at a high level ; which makes it pretty difficult for most most teams to match their offensive acuity consistently.
While partly because of the surplus of serviceable players at his disposal, Pop has managed minutes creatively and, most importantly, effectively, keeping an omnipresent eye on the future. Only Parker averages more than 30 minutes per game.
Without Coach Pop — who, I believe, is just as imperative to this teams success as, say, Tony Parker — the Spurs probably wouldn’t be three games behind the highly talented Oklahoma City Thunder.
So, yeah, I hear he’s a pretty good coach, don’t you think?