Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has been named the NBA coach of the year.
Nurse, who has the Raptors on the verge of the second round of the playoffs, was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. He finished with 470 points.
Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan (134) was third.
Raptors guard Kyle Lowry presented Nurse with the Red Auerbach Trophy while the coach was interviewed on TNT’s pre-game show before the Bucks faced the Orlando Magic at the NBA’s campus at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. (CBC)