Coach of the Year: Steve Kerr (GSW)

Are you starting to notice a pattern here? The Warriors are a great team so naturally they have a great coach. Zach Lowe of ESPN has a long-standing tradition of voting for Gregg Popovich as Coach of the Year every season, which makes sense given that he’s the best coach in the league.

I think an exception can be made however for the leader of one of the best teams in NBA history. Steve Kerr’s candidacy will come under question because he missed 43 games due to complications he suffered stemming from his offseason back surgery. If anything though that makes what he did even more impressive.

He wasn’t out of the picture completely. Kerr was in practice and giving advice to his interim man, Luke Walton. According to Walton, the head coach makes a difference by just being around the team.

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