Atlanta Hawks Coach Mike Budenholzer was honored as the NBA coach of the year on Tuesday, an award that moved him to tears as he spoke about the people who meant so much to his career.
His players. His father. Danny Ferry. And, of course, Gregg Popovich.
"Winning this award evokes a lot of emotions," Budenholzer said, choking up several times.
He is clearly uncomfortable in the spotlight, and he said he would have preferred for Golden State's Steve Kerr to win the award.
Kerr, whose team finished an NBA-best 67-15 in his first season with the Warriors, was second in the balloting, the only other candidate to receive serious consideration.