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Steve Kerr Named 2015-16 Coach of the Year

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The Golden State Warriors’ Steve Kerr, whose team won an NBA-record 73 games, is the recipient of the Red Auerbach Trophy as the 2015-16 NBA Coach of the Year, the NBA announced today.  He becomes the Warriors’ first winner since Don Nelson in the 1991-92 season.

Kerr, in his second season as Golden State head coach, received 64 first-place votes and 381 total points from a panel of 130 sportswriters and broadcasters throughout the United States and Canada.  The Portland Trail Blazers’ Terry Stotts, who guided his team to the playoffs with four new starters, finished second with 37 first-place votes and 335 total points.  Three-time winner Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs was third with 10 first-place votes and 166 total points.  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.

Under Kerr and assistant coach Luke Walton, who served as interim head coach until Kerr returned from back-surgery complications in January, the Warriors (73-9) posted the best regular-season record in league history, eclipsing the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls (72-10).  The defending NBA champions opened the season 24-0, the best start in league history, which pushed their overall regular-season winning streak to 28 games, the second longest of all time.

The Warriors set NBA records for single-season road victories (34) and consecutive home regular-season wins (54, including 18 victories to finish last season), and went 39-2 at Oracle Arena for the second season in a row.  Golden State also became the first team to go through a season without losing two games in a row or losing to the same team twice.

The Warriors excelled at both ends of the court.  They established an NBA record with 1,077 three-pointers, part of a high-powered offense that posted the league’s highest scoring average (114.9 ppg) since the 1991-92 season and led the NBA in offensive rating (112.5 points per 100 possessions), field goal percentage (48.7), three-point field goal percentage (41.6, second highest in NBA history) and assists (28.9 apg).  On defense, the Warriors tied for fourth in defensive rating, allowing 100.9 points per 100 possessions.

For the third year in a row, complete media voting results for each NBA annual award were released after the announcement of each winner.  Click here for those results.

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Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations

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Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Thunder GM Presti: ‘Tremendous Appreciation’ for KD

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In the wake of Kevin Durant’s deleted tweets that slammed his former team and coach, Oklahoma City Thunder general manager Sam Presti responded on Friday by taking the high road and praising Durant’s time with the franchise.

“I, and no one from the Thunder, has anything negative to say about Kevin Durant,” Presti said. “I think we’ve been hopefully very open about the fact that we have tremendous appreciation and respect for what he and his teammates and coaches and everybody over his tenure here accomplished, and I really don’t think there’s anything more to say other than that.”

Source: Royce Young of ESPN

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Sources: Suns’ Alan Williams Suffers Partially Torn Meniscus

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Phoenix Suns forward Alan Williams has suffered a partially torn meniscus, an initial evaluation reveals, league sources tell ESPN.

Williams is getting a second opinion on Saturday and is also expected to undergo an MRI, sources say.

Source: Chris Haynes and Marc Spears of ESPN

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