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Steve Kerr named NBA Coach of the Year, Lute Olson shows up to presentation

The Arizona ties run deep

Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

On Tuesday, the NBA announced their Coach of the Year, and that honor went to Golden State Warriors head coach and former Arizona Wildcats player Steve Kerr.

The Warriors set the regular season record for wins with 73. However, Kerr was not on the bench for all of them as he recovered from back surgery complications. The first 43 games were led by another former Wildcat, Luke Walton. Walton actually received one second-place and two third-place votes.

Kerr said that he'd be willing to saw his trophy in half and share it with Walton.

With his early season success, we've seen Walton's name come up as a potential guy to take over the Los Angeles Lakers opening. His name's also come up with the Knicks, given his connection with Phil Jackson.

To add to the total Arizona takeover of the NBA Coach of the Year ceremony, Kerr's college coach Lute Olson showed up:

As Arizona's motto goes: Past. Present. Future. Nothing embodies that quite like what happened at this particular ceremony.