MMPG: Coach of the Year
Mike Brown, Cleveland Cavaliers
It's easy to look at the Cleveland Cavaliers' record and assume that they had an adversity-free season, but that would be a huge mistake. The Cavaliers withstood serious injuries to their starting center (Zydrunas Ilgauskas), starting point guard (Delonte West) and starting power forward (Ben Wallace), and still managed to finish with a franchise-best 66 wins. Mike Brown has always been a defensive-minded disciple of Gregg Popovich, and that translated to the Cavaliers leading the league in opponents points per game and tied for first in opponents field goal percentage. But Brown also decided to loosen the reins on the offense and allowed assistant John Kuester to call more plays, which resulted in the Cavaliers averaging 100 points for the first time since he took over.
Others in consideration: Stan Van Gundy, Orlando Magic; Rick Adelman, Houston Rockets; George Karl, Denver Nuggets
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