Wednesday , Apr , 21 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Hubie Brown edges out Sloan for Coach of the Year

Memphis, TN (Sports Network) – Hubie Brown of the Grizzlies won the Coach of
the Year Award on Wednesday after leading his team to their first playoff
appearance in the franchise’s 10-year history.

Under Brown’s tutelage Memphis finished the regular season at 50-32, a 22-win
improvement from just a year ago.

Brown received 62 of the possible 122 first-place votes for 466 points from a
panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Utah’s Jerry Sloan finished second in
the voting, 42 points behind.

Brown returned from retirement as an NBA head coach to become the Grizzlies
sixth head coach on November 12, 2002. Previously, the 70-year-old coach lead
the New York Knicks to two playoff appearances during five seasons (1982-87)
and the Atlanta Hawks to three playoff appearances in five seasons (’76-81).

In his 12-year coaching career with the Hawks, Knicks and Grizzlies, Brown has
a regular season record of 419-488.