Bulls' Tom Thibodeau finishes third in Coach of the Year voting

Bulls' Tom Thibodeau finishes third in Coach of the Year voting
April 22, 2014, 12:00 pm
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CSN Staff

Just a day after Bulls center Joakim Noah was honored as the NBA's Defensive Player of the Year, Tom Thibodeau finished third in the league's Coach of the Year voting.

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich won the award for the third time in his career with 59 of the possible 125 first-place votes. He led the Spurs to the NBA's best record (62-20).

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Phoenix Suns head coach Jeff Hornacek was the runner-up with 37 first-place votes. In his first season as an NBA head coach, Hornacek led the team to 48 victories and a ninth place finish in the Western Conference.

Thibodeau, who won the award in 2010-11, received 12 first-place votes and 159 total points.

Thibodeau guided the Bulls to 48 wins and a fourth-place finish in the Eastern Conference despite losing Derrick Rose to another season-ending knee injury, and the club trading away All-Star veteran Luol Deng in early January.