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In an announcement that wasn’t surprising at all, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was named NBA Coach of the Year this morning. Kerr led the defending NBA Champions to the greatest regular season in league history, winning 73 games. The Warriors also set an NBA record for single-season road wins with 34 and set an NBA record 54-game home win streak that dated back to January of 2015.
Many experts and analysts didn’t have the Warriors at the top of the West coming into the season, let alone making history the way they did. In just his second season in the league, Kerr is one of the most respected coaches in the game and is looking like he’ll have a legendary resume when it’s all said and done. Via NBA.com:
Golden State Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr has been named the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year, the league announced today. Kerr is the third coach in Warriors history to earn the honor, joining Don Nelson (1991-92) and Alex Hannum (1963-64).
Kerr and assistant coach Luke Walton, who served as interim head coach while Kerr recovered from back surgery complications, led the Warriors to an NBA-record 73 regular-season wins in 2015-16 (73-9, .890), eclipsing the previous mark of 72 wins set by a 1995-96 Chicago Bulls squad that featured Kerr as a key reserve. The Warriors, who set a then-franchise-record with 67 wins in Kerr’s first season at the helm in 2014-15, saw a six-game improvement in the win column in 2015-16 and joined the Bulls as the only teams in NBA history to earn at least 65 wins in consecutive campaigns.