Associated Press
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich yells to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. San Antonio won 104-89. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

SAN ANTONIO — Gregg Popovich is the NBA's Coach of the Year after leading the San Antonio Spurs to 50 wins in the lockout-shortened season and the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

The announcement came Tuesday. Popovich also won the award in 2003 when San Antonio won its second of four championships, and he might be headed for a fifth ring if the Spurs keep this up.

After a 12-9 start, the Spurs lost only seven more games the rest of the season.

Popovich received 77 first-place votes. Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was second (27), Indiana coach Frank Vogel was third (7) and Memphis coach Lionel Hollins was fourth (6). Boston's Doc Rivers and Denver's George Karl each received a vote.