George Karl named NBA's Coach of the Year
The Denver Nuggets may have made a first round exit from the NBA playoffs, but the team's coach was recently named the best in basketball. George Karl earned Coach of the Year honors on Wednesday for his work helping guide a young Nuggets team to a surprise postseason berth, The Associated Press reports.
It wasn't just that the Nuggets made the playoffs that earned Karl the distinction, it's how they got there. He helped lead them to 57 wins - a team record - and did so all without a big name player on their roster. Ty Lawson, who led the team with 16.7 points per game, is arguably the squad's most recognizable player, but he is certainly not a household name. Despite his impressive job on the sidelines, Karl was humble in accepting the award.
"I am honored and energized to represent coaching and be their ambassador as coach of the year and continue to symbolize the great coaching there is in the NBA," he said in a statement.
This is the first time that Karl has won the Coach of the Year award, but he has been among the most respected coaches in the league for years. He has coached five teams during his more than 30-year career.