George Karl Takes Home Coach of the Year Honors For Denver Nuggets

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Despite their early exit from the 2013 NBA Playoffs, the Denver Nuggets have plenty to be proud of after everything they accomplished during the 2012-13 season. Not only did the Nuggets earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference, but they finished the year with a 57-25 record–which is impressive for a team that didn’t have a “superstar” like other teams in the NBA.

When taking all of this into consideration–it’s no surprise to hear George Karl take home Coach of the Year honors for this season.

This was the first time in Karl’s 25-year coaching career that he’s taken home Coach of the Year honors as he received 62 first-place votes and beat out Erik Spoelstra–who received 24 first-place votes–of the Miami Heat for the award.

Losing in the first round to the Golden State Warriors certainly wasn’t easy to deal with, but the Nuggets have plenty to build off from heading into next year as they should be strong contenders in the Western Conference once again. Nobody could have predicted Denver to earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference  to go along with two impressive winning streaks (winners of 15 straight and winners of 23 straight at home) during the regular season–so Karl deserves plenty of credit for what he accomplished with the talent pool he was given.

Karl has always been considered one of the top coaches in the league–so it’s good to finally see him take home the honors for the first time in his career.

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