Mike Brown is the NBA's coach of the year after leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to their greatest regular season.
He was honored Monday after guiding the club to a franchise-record 66 wins, a second Central Division title and the No. 1 overall seed in the postseason. Cleveland leads the Detroit Pistons 1-0 in the first round of the playoffs.
Brown joined the Cavs in 2005 after two seasons as an assistant with Indiana. Bill Fitch in 1976 is the only other Cleveland coach to win the coaching award.
Brown has created a tightly knit team led by LeBron James. The 38-year-old coach also has given more power to his assistants.
New Orleans coach Byron Scott won the award last year.