D'Antoni earning rave reviews

This season has included some of the best coaching jobs the league has seen in the past several seasons.

Updated: March 30, 2005, 12:40 AM ET
By Greg Anthony | ESPN Insider
You would think that coaching in the NBA is a lost art, especially when you look at all the pink slips coaches have been receiving this year. In reality, this season has included some of the best coaching jobs the league has seen in the past several seasons.

With all the difficulties of coaching at the professional ranks, and holding onto a job, it's very easy to understand why these men command the salaries they do.

The beauty of coaching is that there really isn't a right or wrong way to do it, but there is always a better way. Let's take a look at the leading candidates for coach of the year honors and exactly what they've done to warrant consideration:

Former NBA guard Greg Anthony covers basketball for ESPN.com Insider. He joined ESPN in November 2002 as a studio analyst for the network's NBA coverage. He appears on all of ESPN and ESPN2's NBA studio shows.

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