Apr 14, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets head coach George Karl speaks to the press after the game against the Portland Trailblazers at the Pepsi Center. The Nuggets won 118-109. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

Nuggets’ George Karl wins Coach of the Year


George Karl was named the 2012-13 Coach of the Year after coaching the Nuggets to 57 wins in the regular season and a three-seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Karl’s group of Nuggets defied all odds, winning 15-straight games and leading the NBA with a 38-3 record at home.

From NBA.com:

Denver’s George Karl is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2012-13 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced Wednesday. Under Karl’s stewardship, the Nuggets finished with a league-best 38-3 (.927) mark at home and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

In earning his first NBA Coach of the Year, Karl totaled 404 points, including 62 first-place votes, from a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada. 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. The award was tabulated by the independent accounting firm of Ernst & Young LLP.

012-13 Coach of the Year results
Team 1st 2nd 3rd Total
George Karl Denver 62 26 16 404
Erik Spoelstra Miami 24 17 19 190
Mike Woodson New York 6 28 13 127
Gregg Popovich San Antonio 11 16 17 120
Frank Vogel Indiana 3 11 12 60
Lionel Hollins Memphis 6 4 13 55
Mark Jackson Golden State 3 6 14 47
Tom Thobodeau Chicago 2 7 9 40
Kevin McHale Houston 1 3 3 17
P.J. Carlesimo Brooklyn 1 1 0 8
Vinny Del Negro LA Clippers 1 1 0 8
Larry Drew Atlanta 1 0 1 6
Doc Rivers Boston 0 1 1 4
Scott Brooks Oklahoma City 0 0 3 3

The Denver Nuggets’ came to a disappointing end with a first round loss in six games against the Golden State Warriors. But Karl’s regular season triumph was enough for the veteran coach to win the award for the first time in his 25 year NBA career.

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