Del Negro finishs 11th in Coach of the Year
Eleventh place might not be that shocking for Vinny Del Negro to finish in Coach of the Year voting. This is: Del Negro received a first-place vote. He also received one second- and one third-place vote to finish with nine points, six behind Celtics counterpart Doc Rivers and three points ahead of Bobcats'Larry Brown. Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown won the award, followed by Houston's Rick Adelman and Orlando's Stan Van Gundy.
Seriously? Do these people even watch the NBA? How is it that Vinny recieved any votes let alone a first-place vote?
Also needed to address this from Jim's post:
Case No. 4: Although the early phase of Jordan's tenure was marked with Kevin Loughery, Stan Albeck and Doug Collins at the coaching helm, it was Phil Jackson who molded Jordan and the Bulls into champions. Jackson took the job with no prior head coaching experience in the NBA. How much prior NBA head coaching experience did current Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro have before assuming the job this season? Just like Jackson, none.
For Jerry Bonkowski of ESPNchicago.com to imply that Phil Jackson's coaching expirience was virtully the sames a Vinny Del Negro's is both irrational and irresponsible. Jackson was a championship head coach in the CBA before jumping to the NBA in 1987 to be the Bulls assistant coach before moving to head coach in 1989. Vinny on the other hand has never coached anywhere at any level and there is a clear difference between the two.