Gregg Popovich Named Western Conference Coach Of The Month

SAN ANTONIO, TX (Jan. 3, 2011) – The San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich and the Miami Heat’s Erik Spoelstra today were named the NBA Western and Eastern Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for games played in December. Popovich, the reigning Western Conference Coach of the Month, becomes the first coach since Mike Brown in the 2008-09 season to win Coach of the Month honors in consecutive months.

Popovich guided the Spurs to a 13-2 (.867) record in December, including a 10-game winning streak from December 3-22. The Spurs, whose 29-4 record marks the best start in franchise history, are one of only 10 teams in NBA annals to start a season with a record of at least 29-4 through the first 33 games. Pairing the team’s 10-game winning streak with a 12-game winning streak earlier in the season, it marks the first time in team history the Spurs have had two double-digit winning streaks in the first 40 games of a season.

This marks the 12th time that Popovich has been named the NBA’s Coach of the Month. He surpasses Phil Jackson to become the only active coach to have won the award 12 times. This ties Popovich with Pat Riley as the only two coaches in NBA history to earn the NBA’s Coach of the Month a record 12 times. The NBA’s Coach of the Month award first started in the 1982-83 season and later split into the Western and Eastern Conference awards beginning in the 2002-03 season.