Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, right, talks to C.J....

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, right, talks to C.J. Watson (7) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks in Chicago. (Jan. 27, 2012) Credit: AP

If you win a lot of games without your superstar, or with a roster full of old guys, you're probably going to be named Coach of the Month. Just ask Tom Thibodeau and Gregg Popovich.

Thibodeau's Bulls went 13-3 in the month, many of those games coming without reigning MVP Derrick Rose. Chicago is now 42-12 on the season, the league's best record.

The Spurs, meanwhile, went 12-3 under Popovich, and are now 36-14 on the year. San Antonio's most notable win arguably came on March 25 against the Philadelphia 76ers, when Tim Duncan did not play because he is "old." Yes, that's official terminology.

Scott Brooks, Doc Rivers, Alvin Gentry and Mike Woodson were the other nominees.

The Cavs' Kyrie Irving and the Kings' Isaiah Thomas were also honored. Irving was named the Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month, averaging 19.9 points and 6.7 assists. Thomas was the West's recipient after leading Western Conference rookies in assists (4.9 per game).

It was Irving's third award and Thomas' second this year.

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