"Van Gundy is a first-rate basketball mind, but he’s not the one responsible for the excellent defense Orlando has played over the last few years. Howard has won three consecutive Defensive Player of the Year Awards for a reason: he’s a 6’11, 265 center with a 7’4 wingspan and a 35’ vertical. There isn’t a coach in the NBA who couldn’t build a first-rate defense around him."
"From 2001-2009, nine men won the NBA’s Coach of the Year Award. By 2012, only one (Gregg Popovich in San Antonio) was still with the same team. Voting for the award is hardly an exact science, but it reflects an underlying reality: a good head coach is fairly replaceable."
Johnathan Tjarks RealGM