Karl Malone, Fratello Earn NBA Honors
NEW YORK (AP) _ Utah’s Karl Malone, who became the 14th player in NBA history to score 22,000 points, was chosen Player of the Week on Tuesday, edging Cleveland’s Bobby Phills.
Meanwhile, Mike Fratello, whose Cavaliers had a 9-4 record in December, was selected Coach of the Month.
In leading the Jazz to a 3-0 record last week, Malone averaged 30.7 points, 9.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He shot .656 (38-for-58) from the field and .800 (16-for-20) from the free throw line.
Malone reached 22,000 points during the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s 99-82 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
Phills averaged 35.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.0 steals in leading the Cavaliers to a 2-0 record during the week.
Other candidates for Player of the Week were Detroit’s Allan Houston and Otis Thorpe, Miami’s Billy Owens, Orlando’s Anfernee Hardaway, Phoenix’s Charles Barkley, Portland’s Rod Strickland and San Antonio’s Sean Elliott.
The Cavaliers, who began the season 0-7 and now are 15-12, got Fratello his 100th victory with Cleveland during the month, beating Minnesota 100-88 Dec. 15.
In the Cavs’ 13 games during the month, Cleveland held opponents under 100 points 11 times, under 90 eight times and under 80 three times.
Others considered for Coach of the Month were Chicago’s Phil Jackson, Detroit’s Doug Collins, Houston’s Rudy Tomjanovich, Orlando’s Brian Hill, Seattle’s George Karl and Washington’s Jim Lynam.