Denver’s George Karl won the hardware, but Mike Woodson still earned some recognition in the NBA’s Coach of the Year voting.
The Knicks coach finished third behind Karl and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra in balloting conducted among a panel of 121 sportswriters and broadcasters in the U.S. and Canada.
Despite dealing with injuries to nearly every player throughout the season — including stars Carmelo Anthony, Amar’e Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler — Woodson guided the Knicks to a 54-28 record and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference in his first full season at the helm.
Karl, who is sixth on the all-time coaching wins list, takes home the award for the first time in his career after leading a Nuggets team that lacked any superstars to 57-25 record and the No. 3 seed in the Western Conference.
Woodson earned six first-place votes, tied for the fourth most on the list.
Nets interim coach P.J. Carlesimo received one first-place and one second-place vote after taking over for Avery Johnson in December. Carlesimo went 35-19 with Brooklyn, but was not retained after the Nets were eliminated Saturday in a seven-game first-round playoff series against the Bulls.