Gregg Popovich named NBA Coach of the Year

Popovich wins award for third time


San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has been named the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced Tuesday.

Popovich guided the Spurs to a league-best 62-20 regular season record.

"I feel very honored for a whole lot of reasons," Popovich said at a news conference. "To be singled out is pretty humbling."

Popovich thanked Spurs owner Peter Holt, who he said "let's us do our jobs," Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford, his coaching staff and his players.

"When you win an award, the players do the work," he said. "They do the winning. Without their play, their diligence, their professionalism, this wouldn't happen."

This is the third time Popovich has won the award. He also won it following the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons.

Popovich totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.