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Jerry Sloan and the 10 Greatest Coaches to Never Win Coach of the Year Award
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The ultimate individual prize an NBA coach can receive is the Red Auerbach Trophy, and it was originally handed to Harry Gallatan of the St. Louis Hawks in 1963. 

Named after the legendary Boston Celtic head coach who led the them to nine NBA championships, the NBA Coach of the Year Award has been rightfully handed to some of the league's greatest, most surprising and overachieving coaches. 

Pat Riley has received the award three different times (1990, 1993 and 1997) with three different NBA teams (Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Miami Heat). 

In the 1966-1967 season, Johnny "Red" Kerr was awarded the Auerbach Trophy despite the Chicago Bulls' losing record (33-48) and the Philadelphia 76ers dominance (68-13)—more than double the Bulls' win percentage. It was the year of the Bulls inception. 

The system, which is media-voting based, isn't perfect; many great coaches' careers have ended without the award. 

Here's a look at the 10 greatest coaches to never win the Coach of the Year Award:

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