By Craig Kwasniewski
It's official the Coach of the Year ranks right up there with the ESPY's, the Tony's and the Grammy's... basically it's a worthless paper weight.
No, it's not because Byron Scott won the award, though I'm curious why Phil Jackson didn't get any run considering he coached the Lakers to the top seed in the brutal Western Conference through a myriad of injuries, the Kobe distractions in November and a blockbuster trade (just ask Avery and D'Antoni how difficult that is). But OF COURSE you can never give a nine time NBA champion the award!
It's because Doc Rivers finished in second place!
He even got 23 first place votes!!!!!
So you're telling me the same Doc Rivers who personally lost Game 4 on Sunday because he made ZERO defensive adjustments is the second best coach in the NBA. The same Doc Rivers who has never advanced in the playoffs in *NINE* seasons of coaching. The same Doc Rivers who led the Celtics to a franchise best 18-game losing streak. The same Doc Rivers who coaching the Orlando Magic during their franchise best 19-game losing streak. REALLY????
Those 23 media members should lose their jobs!
The Celtics revival was all because of KG, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen and all the brilliant off-season moves by Danny Ainge (BTW - he should split the Executive of the Year award with (I can't believe I'm saying this) Mitch Kupchak). In fact, anyone who knows basketball agrees that the Celtics succeeded despite Doc Rivers coaching (again, just read Boston Sports Guy's chat on ESPN.com just to see how much the people believe in Doc's coaching skills).
So if Glen Rivers is the second best head coach in 2007-08, then let me just ask all the Celtics fans out there: do you feel comfortable with Doc as your coach in a three game series?