Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Monday, March 30, 2009

For those who get hired to get fired, this one's for you...

Who should be considered for this year's recipient of the Red Auerbach NBA Coach of the Year Award?

Here are my picks:

Phil Jackson, Los Angeles Lakers (58-15)
These guys keep on rolling no matter what and in spite of last year's finals meltdown and injuries to Andrew Bynum, Jordan Farmar, and Lamar Odom.

Glenn Rivers, Boston Celtics (56-19)
He's been getting the job done in spite of all the injuries, slumps, and questions about desire. This is his best coaching job.

Stan Van Gundy, Orlando Magic (54-18)
He's got this young and upcoming team steady all season long.

George Karl, Denver Nuggets (48-26)
He trades away one malcontent (Allen Iverson) but still has to bear with another (Carmelo Anthony). He has this team playing hard and is getting max effort from Nene.

Rick Adelman, Houston Rockets. (48-26)
Your mercurial All-Star disappears; you trade your starting point guard away but the Rockets keep on trucking.

Jerry Sloan, Utah Jazz (45-27)
Every year he's on the list. Every year, he's overlooked. Look for voters to do it one more time again despite another solid job.

So where's Mike Brown or Erik Spoelstra?
Cleveland is winning because LeBron raised his game. But he did so beginning the Summer Olympics. As for Miami, can anyone say... Dwyane Wade?

How does it come down?
I'd say Rick Adelman or George Karl.

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