honoluluadvertiser.com

Sponsored by:

Comment, blog & share photos

Log in | Become a member
The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, April 21, 2010

NBA: Thunder's Brooks named coach of the year


Associated Press

NBA COACH OF THE YEAR VOTING

Selected by a panel of 118 sportswriters and broadcasters from the United States and Canada. Voting is on a 5-3-1 basis.

Coach 1st 2nd 3rd Pts

Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City 71 39 8 480

Scott Skiles, Milwaukee 26 54 21 313

Nate McMillan, Portland 9 9 35 107

Jerry Sloan, Utah 10 9 21 98

Alvin Gentry, Phoenix 4 5 11 46

Larry Brown, Charlotte 1 2 12 23

George Karl, Denver 1 1 3 11

Rick Adelman, Houston - 2 1 7

Mike Woodson, Atlanta - 2 1 7

Lionel Hollins, Memphis - - 6 6

Stan Van Gundy, Orlando 1 - - 5

Mike Brown, Cleveland - - 2 2

Rick Carlisle, Dallas - - 1 1

Erik Spoelstra, Miami - - 1 1

spacer spacer

OKLAHOMA CITY Oklahoma City Thunder coach Scott Brooks has been named the NBA's coach of the year after engineering the league's best turnaround.

The Thunder won 27 more games this season than they did a year ago, going 50-32 and earning the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference playoffs with the NBA's youngest roster.

The improvement came without a significant free agent signing. Instead, the team is primarily the same group of players as last season plus rookies James Harden, Serge Ibaka and Eric Maynor.

Brooks and the Thunder now face another daunting turnaround: an 0-2 deficit in their best-of-seven series against the defending champion Los Angeles Lakers. Game 3 is Thursday night in Oklahoma City.