Nba Coach Of The Year

May 18, 1993

Pat Riley, who molded seven new players into a winning mix for the New York Knicks, was named NBA Coach of the Year for the second time yesterday in the closest vote in the award's 31-year history. Riley edged Houston's Rudy Tomjanovich by one vote in balloting by 98 NBA writers and broadcasters -- three from each league city and 17 representing the national media.

Riley, in his second season with the Knicks, led the team to a 60-22 record, matching the winningest mark in the club's 47-year history.

The Knicks, who won the Atlantic Division, had a 37-4 record at Madison Square Garden, the best in the NBA and the best in team history.

Coach, team ......... ......... Votes

Pat Riley, New York ........... 32

Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston ..... 31

George Karl, Seattle .......... 10

Paul Westphal, Phoenix ......... 9

Chuck Daly, New Jersey ......... 7

John Lucas, San Antonio ........ 6

Chris Ford, Boston ............. 2

Lenny Wilkens, Cleveland ....... 1

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