Sunday, May 1, 2011
Rick Carlisle picks up two 3rd-place votes
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was the runaway winner as the NBA's Coach of the Year, the league announced Sunday afternoon. Thibodeau, who led the Bulls to a league-high 62 wins in his first season, beat out Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins and Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs.
Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who guided the Mavs to 57 wins despite a season-ending injury to Caron Butler while also missing Dirk Nowitzki for nine games due to injury, finished 10th in the voting. He received two third-place votes.