The NBA 2008-2009 seasons is two days from closing, and the following is a list of candidates for Coach of the Year.
Phil Jackson, Lakers
There are some very obvious choices, and this is definitely one of those choices. Jackson has led the Lakers to the best record in the West and locked up the top seed seemingly a month ago.
The Lakers are 64-17 and have done very well against the top tier teams. They are 4-0 against Boston and Cleveland, and are the only team to have won in Cleveland this season.
The Lakers are the clear cut choice to represent the West in the Finals.
Mike Brown, Cavaliers
The Cavaliers have the best record in the NBA and have already captured home court advantage for the playoffs. With a 39-1 record at home it seems like they have a clear path to the Finals.
They are 66-15 and they are blowing through the competition. Who wouldn't want to see Kobe and Lebron in June?
Rick Adelman, Rockets
No one has had to deal with more adversity this season than Rick Adelman. The Rockets have had more line-up changes than any team this season, and they are all due to injuries.
Shane Battier, Ron Artest, and most recently All Star Tracy McGrady have missed significant time this season. Not to mention Carl Landry and Yao Ming missing more than a handful of games.
To top it all off, the Rockets traded starting point guard Rafer Alston to the Magic and got Kyle Lowry in exchange from the Grizzlies. The Rockets have not missed a beat, going 21-7 after the All Star break and are in the running for the No. 2 seed in the West.
What Adelman has done is nothing short of spectacular.
Stan Van Gundy, Magic
The Magic have had a fantastic season, and are the No. 3 in the East. With Jameer Nelson having to sit out for the rest of the regular season and probably the playoffs, the fact that the Magic took the Celtics down to the wire for the two seed is amazing.
The Magic are a defensive nightmare for teams and on some nights shoot the lights out. They should scare any team who has to face them in the playoffs.
George Karl, Nuggets
The biggest trade this season involved sending Allen Iverson to the Pistons in exchange for Chauncey Billups. George Karl got ripped initially, but most experts felt this was a fantastic move on his part. They were right.
The move completely changed the Nuggets' philosophy. They were a run and gun team with no emphasis on defense, and turned into a team that can score but can all of a sudden defend with the best of them.
The Nuggets are one win away from locking up the No. 2 seed, which is a far cry away from where they were in December.
Gregg Popovich, Spurs
If any team could rival what the Rockets did in terms of dealing with injuries, it's the Spurs. They recently lost Ginobli for the year, and were dealing with him in and out of the line-up all season.
The Spurs are tied with the Rockets with the division lead, and if the Rockets lose to Dallas and the Spurs beat the Hornets, they will capture the division and home court for the first round.
The Spurs have a 53-28 record, but are limping in to the Playoffs. The Spurs are regarded as one of the teams who can compete with the Lakers, but without Manu it would be a daunting task.
My choice: Rick Adelman
Obviously being a Rockets fan I am going to be biased, but it is still hard to ignore what he has done with the current roster. If the Rockets can some how steal the No. 2 seed in the West, he has to be the winner.