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Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was named the NBA’s Coach of the Year, the league announced Tuesday. Budenholzer, in his second season with the Hawks, led the team to a franchise-record 60 wins and the top seed in the Eastern Conference. He guided the team to 38 wins and a playoff berth last season in his first year. The 22-win improvement garned him 513 points, including 67 first-place votes. The Warriors’ Steve Kerr was second with 471 points, including 56 first-place votes. Jason Kidd of the Milwaukee Bucks was third with one first-place vote and 57 total points. Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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That was just too easy for Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who made a joking plea to Warriors fans a couple hours before tipoff. "I'm just going to make an appeal to our fans to be as quiet as possible," he said. "It's the least we can do." The sellout crowd paid no heed to Kerr's faux instructions. Decked out in yellow "Strength in Numbers" T-shirts, fans roared at every opportunity. The Pelicans kept coming, but so did the crowd. "It was unbelievable," center Andrew Bogut said afterward. "At one point it got to where we couldn't even hear the whistle. That's what we want. We love that from our fans and the atmosphere they provide. We wouldn't want to play anywhere else in the world." Contra Costa Times

Kerr seemed puzzled by the notion that the noise could reach illegal levels. "I know the NBA likes to control a lot of things, but I don't think they can control how loud the fans yell," he said. Contra Costa Times

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Jackson did not hesitate to praise Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who replaced Jackson after he was fired last spring. Kerr inherited a 51-31 team and led them to a 67-15 season. "You have to give him a lot of credit," Jackson said. "He has done an outstanding job. In my opinion, the Coach of the Year. He has elevated this basketball team." Oakland Tribune

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Especially Charles Barkley, the outspoken TV analyst that continues to perceive the Warriors as a one-dimensional team reliant on making jump shots despite considerable evidence that they also apply superior defense. "I love Charles. I worked with him for eight years," Warriors coach Steve Kerr said, referring to his years as a TV analyst. "He's incredible at what he does. He's hilarious. He picks up every bar tab when you're on the road; 28 people from TNT at the bar, and he picks up the tab. He bought me so many beers over the years that whatever Charles wants to say about our team I have no problem with." CSNBayArea.com

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Comedian Chris Rock in a birthday video message to Mark Jackson joked about how the Warriors are playing better now that the race of the head coach is different. “I know what you’re thinking,” Rock said before starting to joke. “You watch the games, and you go, ‘Oh so now Steph Curry’s going to play defense for the white man. Couldn’t play it for the brother. Now he’s like Dennis Rodman.’ “Couldn’t do it for you. Yeah, everybody’s boxing out now. Couldn’t do it for a black man. Ooh, they play some defense for the white man, don’t they? Ooh, they play some good defense for the white man.” Contra Costa Times

To coach Curry is to throw out the book; whatever guiding principles are implemented must be unique to a player who can casually step back into 25-footers. “There's some give and take,” Kerr said. “Obviously [Curry is] so skilled and talented that you give him a lot of rope. Every once in awhile you have to reel him in if if you think that he's trying to do too much or missing something strategically that we're trying to do. You just tell him. He's easy to talk to. I'm really, really lucky to coach a star player who's so willing to accept criticism and respond positively to critiquing.” Sports Illustrated

“We try to approach coaching with the idea that I'm going to present myself totally openly and honestly and communicate with everybody,” Kerr said. “We have a group of guys that's pretty easy to coach so it really hasn't been much of an issue. But I do think because Steph is the best player, the rest of the guys follow his lead. The fact that he lets me get on him in film sessions, criticize him, and urge him to get better allows other guys to understand that they have to accept the same things.” “I respond best when a coach is able to get on me where he's raising his voice, yelling and whatever, because he expects greatness from me—especially when I'm not performing the way I'm supposed to,” Curry said. “I like to have, obviously, a mutual respect, and a guy who can be as consistent as possible with his message. But if I need to be yelled at and refocused, I'm open to that and I usually respond well.” Sports Illustrated

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Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban had an animated postgame discussion with Warriors coach Steve Kerr and also spoke with guard Shaun Livingston, who committed a controversial flagrant foul on Dirk Nowitzki in Saturday's 123-110 win. Livingston made contact in Nowitzki's groin area while Nowitzki was backing down his defender late in the third quarter. Nowitzki immediately reacted in discomfort, turning to confront Livingston. Contra Costa Times

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