George Karl wins Coach of the Year
Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl earned the NBA’s Coach of the Year Wednesday.
In Karl’s 25 years of coaching in the NBA, this is the first time that he has recieved the award, according to the Associated Press.
He lead the Nuggets to a 57-25 record and a No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, though they were defeated by the sixth-seeded Golden State in the first round of the playoffs.
Karl received 404 votes, including 62 first-place votes, reports the Denver Post. The award is based off votes from a panel of 121 sports writers and broadcasters.
Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra finished second in voting followed by New York’s Mike Woodson and San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who won the award last year.
The Nuggets played all 82 regular season games without a superstar after trading Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks. The Nuggets lead the league in scoring, fast-break points and points in the paint.
Karl has a 1,131-756 record coaching for the Nuggets, Milwaukee Bucks, Seattle SuperSonics, Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.