Coach Larry Drew was named the Eastern Conference’s Coach of the Month for December, the NBA announced Wednesday.
The Hawks went 10-5 in December, tying the best record in the Eastern Conference. The Hawks had winning streaks of four, three and two games during the month. They also won two overtime games.
Other nominees from the East were the Heats’ Erik Spoelstra, the Pacers’ Frank Vogel and the Knicks’ Mike Woodson. The Clippers’ Vinny Del Negro was named the Western Conference’s Coach of the Month.
Drew said Hawks general manager Danny Ferry broke the news to him about the selection.
“I had no idea I was in the running,” Drew told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s always good to be recognized. I’m deeply honored to be selected. I share this honor with my entire coaching staff. They deserve this honor for all the hard work they’ve put in.
“My mind set has always been to just take it game by game.”
Overall, the Hawks are 20-10 and in third place in the Eastern Conference. They are just 1-1/2 games behind Southeast Division foe the Heat and a half game behind the Knicks. They also have the best road record in the Eastern Conference at 9-5.
Drew, who is in the final year of his contract with the Hawks, is the fourth Hawks head coach to be honored at Coach of the Month, joining Mike Fratello, Bob Weiss and Lenny Wilkins.
- Chris Vivlamore
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