Brooks won the award in 2010, and it's an achievement that still resonates because the Thunder has finished with a higher winning percentage every season he has coached — from .319 (22-47) as an interim coach in 2008-09, to .610 (50-32), to .671 (55-27), to .712 (47-19), to .773 this season.
This honor is reserved for coaches with teams that exceed expectations, overcome injuries or succeed with revamped rosters.
Rarely are coaches rewarded with teams where much is expected and much is achieved. This has been the case the last three seasons with OKC.
All-Star Game coaches who were selected NBA Coach of the Year the same season:
2009: Mike Brown (Cleveland)
2008: Byron Scott (New Orleans)
2006: Avery Johnson (Dallas)
2001: Larry Brown (Philadelphia)
1998: Larry Bird (Indiana)
1996: Phil Jackson (Chicago)
1994: Lenny Wilkens (Atlanta)
1993: Pat Riley (New York)
1992: Don Nelson (Golden State)
1990: Pat Riley (Los Angeles Lakers)
1984: Frank Layden (Utah)
1973: Tom Heinsohn (Boston)
1972: Bill Sharman (Los Angeles Lakers)
1970: Red Holzman (New York)
1969: Gene Shue (Baltimore)
1965: Red Auerbach (Boston)