Wilkens Coach Of Year

May 27, 1994

Lenny Wilkens, who in his first season with Atlanta guided the Hawks to a 57-25 record, an improvement of 14 games over last season, was rewarded yesterday with his first NBA Coach of the Year Award.

His team won Atlanta's first Central Division title since 1987 and tied the New York Knicks for the best record in the Eastern Conference. The 57 wins tied a franchise record and made Wilkens the second coach to surpass 900 career victories.

"I never thought we'd be that successful, but felt I could make a difference," he said. "Coaches are as good as their players, and our players were very responsive."

THE VOTING*

Coach, Team .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..Votes

Lenny Wilkens, Atlanta .. .. .. .. ...71

Phil Jackson, Chicago .. .. .. .. .. .16

George Karl, Seattle .. .. .. .. . . ..8

Rudy Tomjanovich, Houston .. .. .. .. .3

Don Nelson, Golden State .. .. .. .. ..1

Pat Riley, New York .. .. .. .. .. .. .1

Chuck Daly, New Jersey .. .. .. .. .. .1

*-By nationwide media panel

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