One of the sub-stories from this announcement is that Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey picked up five first place votes and finished fifth overall in the voting.
A noticeable accomplishment, but not one that Casey was willing to puff up his chest about.
“It doesn’t mean a lot in the big scheme of things,” a humble Casey told me.
Casey was quick to deflect attention away from himself and back onto Popovich.
“My congratulations go out to Greg Popovich,” Casey was quick to add. “I’ve known Pop a long time. He did a great job with that team as far as resting guys. He’s got all of those older guys and still the amount of games he wins it’s unbelievable. He runs the show as general manager and president. That’s an unbelievable task. To win this award three times says a lot about him.”
While it’s true that winning Coach of the Year three times is a lofty accomplishment it also says a lot about Casey that he got five first place votes and finished fifth overall.
But it’s also typical for Casey to deflect praise and accolades from himself. He’s too humble to want to soak up praise from the media or fans.