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George Karl named NBA Coach of the Year

Denver's George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year. (Rocky Widner/National Basketball). Denver's George Karl was named NBA Coach of the Year. (Rocky Widner/National Basketball).

Denver Nuggets coach George Karl won the NBA's Coach of the Year award, the league announced Wednesday. He received 62 of the 121 first-place votes.

Karl led Denver to a 57-25 record and the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Nuggets don't have a superstar and instead rely on balanced scoring. Karl managed the team's depth well throughout the regular season and turned a young team into a darkhorse title contender.

But Denver couldn't contain Golden State's Stephen Curry in the first round of the postseason. The Nuggets have made it past the first round of the playoffs only once in Karl's nine seasons in charge. After another successful season ended on a disappointing note, some questioned whether Karl can take the Nuggets to the next level.

Karl has a 1,131-756 career regular season record. In his 25 years as a head coach, he has led five teams.

Miami's Erik Spoelstra and New York's Mike Woodson finished second and third in Coach of the Year voting.

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