Bu­den­holzer named NBA coach of year

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS - Wire re­ports

At­lanta Hawks Coach Mike Bu­den­holzer was hon­ored as the NBA coach of the year on Tues­day, an award that moved him to tears as he spoke about the peo­ple who meant so much to his ca­reer.

His play­ers. His fa­ther. Danny Ferry. And, of course, Gregg Popovich.

“Win­ning this award evokes a lot of emo­tions,” Bu­den­holzer said, chok­ing up sev­eral times.

He is clearly un­com­fort­able in the spot­light, and he said he would have pre­ferred for Golden State’s Steve Kerr to win the award.

Kerr, whose team fin­ished an NBA-best 67-15 in his first sea­son with the War­riors, was sec­ond in the bal­lot­ing, the only other can­di­date to re­ceive se­ri­ous con­sid­er­a­tion.

“I don’t want to sound like I’m not ap­pre­cia­tive of it,” Bu­den­holzer said af­ter a cer­e­mony at Philips Arena. “But in a per­fect world, I’d be some­where else.”

A long­time as­sis­tant un­der Popovich at San An­to­nio, Bu­den­holzer won the Red Auer­bach Tro­phy for guiding the Hawks to a 60-22 mark dur­ing the regular sea­son, the best in fran­chise his­tory.

The Hawks had a 19-game win­ning streak, be­came the first NBA team to go 17-0 dur­ing a cal­en­dar month, and cruised to their first di­vi­sion ti­tle since 1994, which also was the last time they held a No. 1 seed.

“He de­serves it,” said Jeff Teague, the Hawks’ All-Star point guard. “He’s made me a bet­ter player. He’s made our team bet­ter.”

Bu­den­holzer re­ceived 67 first-place votes and 513 points over­all in bal­lot­ing by sports writ­ers and broad­cast­ers. Kerr re­ceived 56 first-place votes and 471 points. Mil­wau­kee’s Ja­son Kidd was a dis­tant third.

The Phoenix Suns’ Mar­cus and Marki­eff Mor­ris have been in­dicted by a grand jury on felony charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault for al­legedly beat­ing a man out­side a city recre­ation cen­ter in Jan­uary.

Ac­cord­ing to a Phoenix po­lice re­port, Erik Hood said five peo­ple, in­clud­ing the Mor­ris twins, re­peat­edly punched and kicked him.

Po­lice say it is al­leged that Hood, 36, was as­saulted for send­ing an in­ap­pro­pri­ate text mes­sage to the Mor­ris broth­ers’ mother.

The names of the other three men are redacted in court doc­u­ments re­leased Tues­day.

Their first court ap­pear­ance is set for May 7.

The Chicago Bulls could be with­out for­ward Nikola Mirotic for Game 3 of their play­off se­ries against the Mil­wau­kee Bucks be­cause of an in­jured left knee. Mirotic was hurt in a scram­ble for a loose ball with the Bucks’ Zaza Pachu­lia on Mon­day.

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