Mike D'Antoni cracks Knicks joke after winning Coach of the Year

Kristopher Nichols
June 28, 2017

Houston Rockets sharp-shooter Eric Gordon capped off his first year in Houston with the Sixth Man of the Year Award.

D'Antoni was named Coach of the Year in 2004-05 with the Phoenix Suns.

"I never thought I would be in New York and have to thank the sports writers for winning Coach of the Year", cracked D'Antoni, a former New York Knicks coach.

Houston won 55 games in the regular season to earn the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference. The young Milwaukee star drafted from the University of Virginia averaged 10.2 points, 4.2 assists, and 2.8 rebounds per game, as he appeared in 75 games for the Bucks this past season.

Gordon made a career-high 246 three-pointers this season, fourth in the National Basketball Association.

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Draymond Green is the Defensive Player of the Year, ending Kawhi Leonard's two-year reign.

The Oklahoma City All-Star joined Oscar Robertson as the only players to average a triple-double for an entire season, leading the Thunder into the playoffs after Kevin Durant left for Golden State. Gordon is the first member of the Rockets to claim the Sixth Man award.

"The Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks picked up the Most Improved Player Award. Their Western Conference Semifinals elimination at the hands of an injury-riddled San Antonio Spurs group was disappointing, but this season was absolutely a success. He also became the first player to win it after primarily coming off the bench for the first time in his career.

He was joined on the first team by Utah center Rudy Gobert and Spurs All-Star Kawhi Leonard - who join Green as the finalists for Defensive Player of the Year be announced Monday night during the NBA Awards show.

Assist of the Year went to Green and Steph Curry, while Bob Meyers walked away with the Executive of the Year.

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