He has been the best coach in my era. I know he has the luck of having the best player on his team, but it takes more than that to win championships. He won 6 with the Bulls and 3 with the Lakers. He did well with Pippen when Jordan left him and he has done well without Shaq. I used to think when I was young that it was all because of MJ, but Phil has to be given his props. If he pulls it out this year, that's 10!!!! Wow.
Popovic also deserves recognition.