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Spoelstra thrilled not to win COY

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06:58 AM ET 05.09 | In coaching circles, it's not winning Coach of the Year that's worth celebrating. Why? Four of the previous seven coaches to win the award were fired within two years of winning it, though none of the past three lost their jobs. "It's not quite as definitive as the [Sports Illustrated] jinx, but pretty close," he said, jokingly wiping his brow in relief when he learned he didn't win it. "I congratulate George Karl. I know he didn't want it, either. I'm probably more pleased this morning than George Karl. I'm not very superstitious ... but [coaches] are aware of the stigma." The winners of the award in 2006 (Avery Johnson), 2007 (Sam Mitchell), 2008 (Byron Scott) and 2009 (Mike Brown) were all eventually dumped by their teams.

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May 9, 2013  08:09 AM ET

Stop lying, Spoelstra! Every coach wants to be.

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May 9, 2013  09:12 AM ET
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When your banging cheerleaders, what the hell do you need a damn caching award for?

Karl is banging cheerleaders...?

May 9, 2013  09:19 AM ET
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Karl is banging cheerleaders...?

Spoelstra is

May 9, 2013  09:38 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Spoelstra is

Haha - I know - Just messing with JGB...

May 9, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Pretty slow this morning.

May 9, 2013  09:41 AM ET

The others were still early in their careers, while Karl has been established and been around for a while. He won't get fired and in the even that he does, he will still be in demand.

So Spoelstra? speak for yourself.

May 9, 2013  09:42 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Pretty slow this morning.

Why don't we talk about that **** whoopin' the Heatles gave my Bulls?

May 9, 2013  09:42 AM ET

Better Keep your Day Job, Bro.

May 9, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Lakers fans better hope Dumbtonie get coach of the year or else he's stuck w/ the Lakers...

May 9, 2013  09:51 AM ET

Spo has a point. Who needs COY when you have rings as a coach....
Then again, he lead his team to the best record in the NBA...
But I congratulate Coach Karl...

May 9, 2013  10:18 AM ET

I could get 60 wins with that roster.

May 9, 2013  10:20 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Spo has a point. Who needs COY when you have rings as a coach....Then again, he lead his team to the best record in the NBA...But I congratulate Coach Karl...

Lebron lead the Heat to the best record.....not Spo.

May 9, 2013  10:22 AM ET
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Why don't we talk about that **** whoopin' the Heatles gave my Bulls?

What is there to talk about? It's tough to beat the Heat in Miami and the Bulls lost their focus.

May 9, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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What is there to talk about? It's tough to beat the Heat in Miami and the Bulls lost their focus.

Just trying to start conversation in these dead threads today. We were straight manhandled last night.

May 9, 2013  10:29 AM ET
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Lebron lead the Heat to the best record.....not Spo.

+1

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May 9, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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It was ugly. I'm not sure what to take away from the combination of games 1 and 2 in Miami.The only thing I am sure about is that there will be some sparks in game 3 in Chitown. Somebody is getting tossed at some point.

And I pray it's either D-Wade or the Queen.

May 9, 2013  10:53 AM ET

What a superstitious bunch these NBA coaches are. For as much as these guys are about accuracy, numbers, repition, and practice it is amazing that they are still caught up on these meaningless stats.

But on the other hand I think Spo knows that he's in the ride of his life right now coaching James and company and he does not want any attention on himself which is more than likely smart.

 
May 9, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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Stop lying, Spoelstra! Every coach wants to be.

I agree.

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