Mike "Dumbleavy" Coach of the Year? It could totally happen. Trust me.
Samahn from Italia wrote in to say: "I saw this and immediately thought of 'bawful. Special wag of the finger goes to Chris Sheridan and Royce Webb of ESPN.com for predicting that Mike Dunleavy will get Coach of the Year
. Wow...I'm speachless. This is the same guy who, well, you know. Please but shame on these two ESPN writers and forever ingrave them in the 'bawful archives!
Actually, that preduction may not be too far out there. Let's look at some recent CoY recipients:1. Mike Brown (2008-09):
Subsequently outcoached in the Eastern Conference Finals, marking one of the only times in league history a team had both the MVP and the Coach of the Year yet failed to reach the NBA Finals.2. Sam Mitchell (2006-07):
Subsequently fired by the Raptors only 17 games into the 2008-09 season after a 39-point loss to the Denver Nuggets
.3. Avery Johnson (2005-06):
Subsequently fired following the 2007-08 season because the Mavs needed a fresh start
. I'm sure those three consecutive humiliating playoff losses had nothing whatsoever to do with it.4. Mike D'Antoni (2004-05):
Subsequently "allowed to pursue employment opportunities elsewhere"
by the Suns following the 2008-09 season and yet another painful playoff loss to the San Antonio Spurs.4. Hubie Brown (2003-04):
Subsequently retired 12 games into the 2004-05 season
because, dear lord, the man is an ancient mummy creature! And why spend your twilight years coaching the Grizzlies, you know?5. Rick Carlisle (2001-02):
Subsequently fired after the 2002-03 season so the Pistons could hire Larry Brown
...and win the 2004 NBA title.6. Doc Rivers (1999-00):
Subsequently fired during the 2003-04 season after his Magic squad started the year 1-10
. Note that he continued to suck in Boston until Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen arrived to save him.7. Mike Dunleavy (1998-99):
And we come full circle! Subsequently fired after the 2000-01 season. From the actual press release
: "Mike Dunleavy was dismissed as coach of the Portland Trail Blazers tonight, taking the fall for an underachieving team that failed to win a playoff game despite an NBA-record $89.7 million payroll."
Did I mention that Jerry Sloan still hasnt' won a Coach of the Year award despite a 1137-751 (.602) record and 12 50-win seasons? Oh, and in 21 years of coaching in Utah, the Jazz have have a losing record exactly...once.
So, to sum up, the state of the NBA Coach of the Year award is an absolute joke. As such, it would not surprise me in the least if Mike Dunleavy won it this year...and was subsequently fired within two seasons. After all, as you can see, history tends to repeat itself.
Labels: Avery Johnson, Coach of the Year, Mike Brown, Mike D'Antoni, Mike Dunleavy Sr., Sam Mitchell