OAKLAND -- Though the Warriors for the second consecutive day were snubbed in postseason awards competition, coach Steve Kerr insists he's more comfortable with losing the Coach of the Year than he would have been winning it.
Kerr finished second to Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer in results released Tuesday, Budenholzer received 67 first-place votes and 513 votes overall. Kerr received 56 and 471 from the panel of 130 writers and broadcasters.
"I know that you probably won't believe me when I say this, but I'm actually really glad Mike won," Kerr said Tuesday. "I mean that, for him, personally, because he's a great friend of mine and I think he's done an incredible job. He's been doing this for 20 years. I learned a lot from him as a player.
"I just got into this gig. It would have felt really weird to win that award when this team has had so much success and was already really good last year, before I got here. I'm just happy it worked out the way it did."
The Warriors in their first season under Kerr went 67-15, setting a franchise record for wins in a single season and winning the Western Conference by 11 games. The Warriors improved from 51 wins the previous season.
The Hawks went 60-22, also a franchise-best mark, in Budenholzer's second season and won the Eastern Conference by seven games. Atlanta was 38-44 in 2013-14.
"Mike deserves it," Kerr said. "And our team has gotten so much recognition. I've gotten way too much credit. I didn't need any more. Trust me."
Kerr said their relationship dates back to his time as a player for the University of Arizona under coach Lute Olson in the late 1980s, when Budenholzer would serve as counselor at camps under Olson.
Milwaukee coach Jason Kidd finished third in the balloting.
The Warriors also were snubbed in the Sixth Man of the Year voting, released on Monday. The award went to Toronto guard Lou Williams. Warriors forward Andre Iguodala finished fourth and forward-center Marreese Speights finished seventh.