Suns D'Antoni named as NBA coach of year

Phoenix Suns coach Mike D'Antoni was named NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, two days after point guard Steve Nash was chosen league MVP.

D'Antoni received 41 first-place votes and 326 points from a media panel in the United States and Canada, ahead of second-place finisher Rick Carlisle of the Indiana Pacers, who had 26 first-place votes and 241 points.

Nate McMillan of the Seattle SuperSonics finished third, Scott Skiles of the Chicago Bulls came in fourth.

With Nash serving as the quarterback in D'Antoni's up-tempo offence, the Suns finished with the league's best record at 62-20, a 33-win improvement from the previous season.

D'Antoni was hired by the Suns to replace Frank Johnson on December 10, 2003 and guided them to a 21-40 record for the remainder of the season.

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