Karl named NBA Coach of the Year

Denver, CO (WOIO) - It took George Karl a quarter of a century, but he finally took home the trophy on Wednesday, named the NBA's Coach of the Year.

Karl led the Denver Nuggets to a team-record 57 wins, the fourth-best record in the league, and captured the # 3 seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Nuggets were eliminated by the Golden State Warriors.

Karl received 62 first-place votes, followed by Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat with 24 votes. New York's Mike Woodson finished third and San Antonio's Gregg Popovich, who won the award last season, was fourth.

"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," Karl said in a statement. "There are probably seven or eight guys who are deserving of it and another 10 or 15 other coaches who have done a great job and aren't getting any recognition."

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