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Golden State's Steve Kerr wins Coach of the Year

As Steve Kerr tried to cope with the headaches, nausea, pain and other concerning symptoms, there were times he wondered whether he would even come back to coach the Golden State Warriors this season, whether he even should return to the bench if not 100 percent healthy.

Complications from two back surgeries had sidelined him for the defending champions' record start, then Kerr found his way into the huddle again on Jan. 22 after a nearly four-month leave of absence. And on Tuesday, he earned NBA Coach of the Year honors for his Warriors' record 73-win season that topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls team he played for that went 72-10.

"There were moments I didn't know if I...