Gregg Popovich is named the NBA Coach of the Year for the third time

Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sport

Pop's been doing a great job with the Spurs for 18 years, and now he's been recognized as the NBA's best coach twice in the last three seasons.

Before he won it in 2012, we reminded everyone that coaches just don't win this award twice. But nobody wins it three times.

Well, it turns out that there are three nobodys who've coached in the NBA, and Gregg Charles Popovich is the third in a group led by Don Nelson and Pat Riley. After leading the Spurs to the league's best record, 62-20, Pop will have to endure yet another press conference at 1 p.m. today as the media descends on the Spurs practice facility for the official announcement of the award.

Here's the Spurs' official release:

SAN ANTONIO (April 22, 2014) - The NBA today announced that San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year.

Popovich joins Don Nelson and Pat Riley as the only coaches to win the award three times. Popovich also received the award following the 2002-03 and 2011-12 seasons. He totaled 380 points, including 59 first-place votes, from a panel of 124 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.  Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.  The award voting was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

In his 18th season as head coach of the Spurs, Popovich guided San Antonio to a league-best 62-20 (.756) record, extending its streak of winning at least 50 games to an NBA record 15 consecutive seasons. The team posted an NBA-best 30-11 road record, the best road mark in franchise history and only the 13th time in NBA history a team has won 30-or-more road games in a season.

San Antonio led the NBA in points per game differential at +7.8, having averaged 105.4 points per contest while giving up just 97.6. Popovich presided over a balanced roster which for the first time in NBA history featured no player who averaged 30-plus minutes, with Tony Parker's 29.4 minutes per game leading that category. The Spurs used 30 different starting lineups throughout the season and were led in scoring by 11 different players.

In 2013-14, the Indiana native led the Spurs to their 17th consecutive postseason berth, which marks the longest active streak and tied for fifth-longest in NBA history. He has led the franchise to four NBA Championships, which ranks fifth-most by a head coach in NBA history. His 134 playoff victories currently ranks third all-time, trailing only Phil Jackson (229) and Pat Riley (171).

Popovich is the longest tenured coach with the same team in all four major professional sports (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL). His 967 career victories are ninth on the all-time list and the most among active NBA coaches.

Since the 1997-98 season, Popovich, Tim Duncan and the Spurs have the best winning percentage over any 17-year span in NBA history at .706 (950-396).

The Coach of the Year award is named after legendary coach and Hall of Famer Red Auerbach who guided the Celtics to nine NBA Championships. In 1996, Auerbach was honored as one of the Top 10 Coaches in NBA History as the NBA celebrated its 50th anniversary.

Following are the balloting results for the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year award and the all-time list of winners:

Congrats, Pop. You may not care about awards, but those who wish you well are happy every time you're recognized.

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2013-14 NBA COACH OF THE YEAR RESULTS

Coach, Team

1st

2nd

3rd

Pts

Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

59

23

16

380

Jeff Hornacek, Phoenix

37

44

22

339

Tom Thibodeau, Chicago

12

22

33

159

Steve Clifford, Charlotte

8

21

24

127

Dwane Casey, Toronto

5

9

18

70

Terry Stotts, Portland

2

3

6

25

Doc Rivers, L.A. Clippers

1

2

2

13

Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City

0

0

1

1

Mark Jackson, Golden State

0

0

1

1

Jason Kidd, Brooklyn

0

0

1

1

ALL-TIME NBA COACH OF THE YEAR WINNERS

1962-63 - Harry Gallatin, St. Louis

1988-89 - Cotton Fitzsimmons, Phoenix

1963-64 - Alex Hannum, San Francisco

1989-90 - Pat Riley, Los Angeles Lakers

1964-65 - Red Auerbach, Boston

1990-91 - Don Chaney, Houston

1965-66 - Dolph Schayes, Philadelphia

1991-92 - Don Nelson, Golden State

1966-67 - Johnny Kerr, Chicago

1992-93 - Pat Riley, New York

1967-68 - Richie Guerin, St. Louis

1993-94 - Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta

1968-69 - Gene Shue, Baltimore

1994-95 - Del Harris, Los Angeles Lakers

1969-70 - Red Holzman, New York

1995-96 - Phil Jackson, Chicago

1970-71 - Dick Motta, Chicago

1996-97 - Pat Riley, Miami

1971-72 - Bill Sharman, Los Angeles

1997-98 - Larry Bird, Indiana

1972-73 - Tom Heinsohn, Boston

1998-99 - Mike Dunleavy, Portland

1973-74 - Ray Scott, Detroit

1999-00 - Doc Rivers, Orlando

1974-75 - Phil Johnson, Kansas City-Omaha

2000-01 - Larry Brown, Philadelphia

1975-76 - Bill Fitch, Cleveland

2001-02 - Rick Carlisle, Detroit

1976-77 - Tom Nissalke, Houston

2002-03 - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

1977-78 - Hubie Brown, Atlanta

2003-04 - Hubie Brown, Memphis

1978-79 - Cotton Fitzsimmons, Kansas City

2004-05 - Mike D'Antoni, Phoenix

1979-80 - Bill Fitch, Boston

2005-06 - Avery Johnson, Dallas

1980-81 - Jack Mckinney, Indiana

2006-07 - Sam Mitchell, Toronto

1981-82 - Gene Shue, Washington

2007-08 - Byron Scott, New Orleans

1982-83 - Don Nelson, Milwaukee

2008-09 - Mike Brown, Cleveland

1983-84 - Frank Layden, Utah

2009-10 - Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City

1984-85 - Don Nelson, Milwaukee

2010-11 - Tom Thibodeau, Chicago

1985-86 - Mike Fratello, Atlanta

2011-12 - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

1986-87 - Mike Schuler, Portland

2012-13 - George Karl, Denver

1987-88 - Doug Moe, Denver

2013-14 - Gregg Popovich, San Antonio

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