D'Antoni named NBA Coach of the Year

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Leave it to Mike D'Antoni to show a sense of humor upon winning NBA's Coach of the Year award.

This is D'Antoni's second Coach of the Year Award. When he began his acceptance speech, D'Antoni started out with a joke about his Knicks tenure.

That's pretty strong. D'Antoni built up his reputation as a good coach after enjoying a successful five-year tenure in Phoenix.

The Rockets broke the National Basketball Association single-season record for three-pointers made in late March of the regular season, while D'Antoni linked up with James Harden to lead the team to a 55-27 record in the regular season.

Antetokounmpo, a four-year veteran, is the first Bucks player to win Most Improved Player.

Gordon beat out teammate Lou Williams and Warriors forward Andre Iguodala for the award. He is also only the eighth coach since the award's inception back in 1963 to win the award multiple times.

He also made a little bit of history by becoming the first Houston player to win the award in his first season with the team.




Defensive Player of the Year: Draymond Green, Golden State.

Gordon averaged 16.4 points off the bench and made 246 three-pointers, placing him fourth in the league this season.

Mike D'Antoni of the Houston Rockets looks against the San Antonio Spurs during Game Three of the NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals at Toyota Center on May 7, 2017 in Houston, Texas.

Russell won 11 championships as a player with the Boston Celtics and went on to become the NBA's first black coach.

Russell engaged in some good-natured trash talk, pointing to his fellow greats and adding "I would kick your a-", much to the raucous delight of the crowd. There were four global players on the first team for the first time in the award's history.

Executive of the Year: Bob Myers, Golden State.

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