Warriors' Steve Kerr wins the 2016 NBA Coach of the Year award
Steve Kerr wins the Coach of the Year Award for guiding the Warriors to 73 regular-season wins.
The Golden State Warriors own the greatest regular-season record of all-time after winning 73 games. Because of that achievement, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr will win the 2016 Coach of the Year award.
From the NBA:
Kerr, in his second season as Golden State head coach, received 64 first-place votes and 381 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. The Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts, who guided his team to the playoffs with four new starters, finished second with 37 first-place votes and 335 total points. Three-time winner Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was third with 10 first-place votes and 166 total points. Coaches were awarded five points for each first-place vote, three points for each second-place vote and one point for each third-place vote.
Kerr won the award despite missing the first 43 games of Golden State's season due to complications from offseason back surgery that led to a spinal fluid leak. In his absence, the Warriors were led by assistant coach Luke Walton, who guided the team to a historic 24-0 start and an overall 39-4 record before Kerr returned in late January. Despite Walton's stellar coaching record, all of his wins officially went to Kerr since Walton was filling in as head coach.
Once Kerr returned, the Warriors closed out the season with a 39-5 mark and eventually broke the '95-96 Chicago Bulls single-season record of 72 wins. The Warriors entered the postseason as the No. 1 overall seed and have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs and Finals.
Kerr's award is just another achievement for the Warriors this season as they look to repeat as champions. Golden State is currently up 3-1 in its best-of-7 series against the Houston Rockets and looks to advance to the next round with a win on Tuesday.
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