The Heat’s Erik Spoelstra and the Rockets’ Mike D’Antoni have been named co-recipients of the inaugural Michael H. Goldberg NBCA Coach of the Year Award, an award voted on by the league’s 30 coaches.
The NBA Coaches Association made the announcement on Sunday morning.
“Congratulations to Mike and Erik on their outstanding work this year. And somewhere up above our good friend Michael Goldberg is very proud,” Dallas Mavericks head coach and National Basketball Coaches Association President Rick Carlisle said.
D’Antoni, an offensive-minded coach who joined the Rockets less than 12 months ago, guided the team to an outstanding 55-27 record with the third seed in the Western Conference this past season.
Spoelstra, a longtime staple in the Miami Heat franchise, demonstrated a special kind of leadership ability and cultivated the skills of each player to help keep afloat an ailing Heat team for postseason contention. Despite losing several key veterans in free agency, the Heat wound up recording just seven less wins this past season than the 2015-16 campaign.
Scott Brooks, Dave Fizdale, Steve Kerr, Jason Kidd, Gregg Popovich, Doc Rivers and Quin Snyder also received votes for the award.
The winner of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the NBA’s Coach of the Year will be announced on June 26 in New York City.
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