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Spurs’ Popovich named coach of year

San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich credits his players for rebounding in resilient fashion from what he considers the most devastating defeat in his coaching tenure with the franchise — Game 6 of the 2013 NBA Finals — to post the best record in the league a year later.

Popovich’s players and a panel of voters are inclined to give the veteran coach some of that credit.

Popovich is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2013-14 NBA Coach of the Year. Popovich, accepted the award after a playoff walkthrough Tuesday, said he owes much of the credit to general manager R.C. Buford — never honored as executive of the year — and owner Peter Holt.