While the NBA is still in a lockout Charley Rosen of Hoops Hype wrote about the NBA coaches and how they compare to each other.
Rosen ranked all the NBA’s head coaches and graded them.
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich picked up Rosen’s only A+.
Here’s what he had to say about Popovich in his rankings:
“Gregg Popovich (San Antonio): With Phil Jackson out of the picture, Pop is the best in the business. Demands discipline, hustle, and unselfishness, and always speaks his mind. Grade: A plus”
With Jackson’s retirement, I guess it is safe to say that coach Pop is currently the best coach in the entire NBA.
Here’s what he had to say to some other coaches in the NBA:
“Rick Carlisle (Dallas): His toughness is contagious, his preparation is immaculate and he’s not afraid to take chances. Grade: A“
“Nate McMillan (Portland): Always gets the most out of the least. Grade: A“
“Doc Rivers (Boston): Took his aging team as far as it could have gone. What happens now that Father Time has caught Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen from behind? This season will be the truest test of Doc’s chops. Grade: B plus“
“Tom Thibodeau (Chicago): Defensive mastermind, but lack of dependable scorers hamstrings his total game plan. Give him time and he’ll be another Ace. Grade: B plus“
Read Rosen’s complete rankings for NBA coaches here.