Gentry gets no respect in Coach of the Year voting
Unfortunately for Alvin Gentry, Scott Brooks didn't have a vote.
And unfortunately for Alvin Gentry, the 119 sportswriters and broadcasters that do apparently didn't pay too much attention to what the Suns were able to do with a roster featuring two aging stars and a big group of role players.
San Antonio's Gregg Popovich won the award, garnering 77 first place votes to beat out Chicago's Tom Thibodeau and Indiana's Frank Vogel.
But if you keep moving down the Coach of the Year balloting results, and I mean all the way down, you'll find Gentry, who received just one third-place vote.
Should Gentry have won the award? No. But keeping a Suns team in postseason contention until the second-to-last game of the season is an accomplishment that deserves recognition.
Two of the recurring plot lines with the 2011-12 Suns were the lack of talent on the roster and the absence of a proven go-to scorer.
In fact, all season long, the Suns had only two players who eclipsed the 30-point barrier in a single game -- Steve Nash and Shannon Brown. To put that in perspective, the league's leading scorer, Kevin Durant, hit that mark 25 times.
The Suns got off to a less-than-stellar 14-20 start, but went 19-13 after the All-Star break, fighting their way back into postseason contention in the process.
A lot of credit goes to the players, but more goes to the coaching staff for keeping this challenged roster invested enough to play hard through the entirety of the schedule. That's not a common occurrence in today's NBA. Don't believe me? Look at Portland, Charlotte and Golden State, who all pulled off epic tank jobs down the stretch (or in Charlotte's case, all season).
Gentry kept his players engaged and competitive throughout a second-straight fruitless season. And yet, it went virtually unnoticed by everyone - except for Scott Brooks and one lone Coach of the Year voter.
And that is a shame.
- Jon Barry, NBA Analyst - Friday May 24Barry expects a physical match up between the Heat & Pacers in Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference
- Dan Majerle, Suns legend & GCU coach - Thursday May 23Thunder Dan calls in to argue with Doug about last night's Pacers-Heat game
- Jared Dudley, Suns forward - Tuesday May 21Dudley talks NBA Playoffs and Suns coaching search with Doug & Wolf
- Alvin Gentry, former Suns head coach - Tuesday May 14Gentry talks to Doug & Wolf about the NBA Playoffs, the Suns coaching search and his future
- Denise McDonough, Ryan McDonough's mom - Friday May 10Mrs. McDonough talks to Doug & Wolf about raising the new Suns GM