GRIZZLIES HEAD COACH MIKE FRATELLO NAMED WESTERN CONFERENCE COACH OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL
Memphis, Tennessee- The NBA announced today that Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Mike Fratello was named the Western Conference Coach of the Month for April.
For the month, Fratello and the Grizzlies were a Western Conference best 8-1 and secured the fifth seed in the West. He had five players score in double figures and 13 players average double figures in minutes. The Grizzlies' win over the Los Angeles Clippers (104-95 on April 18) was their seventh in the month, setting a record for the most in April in franchise history. With a win over the Milwaukee Bucks on April 7 (100-90), Fratello surpassed Hubie Brown as the franchise's all-time winningest coach with his 84th victory.
This is Fratello's second time with the Grizzlies (January 2005) and fifth time overall being named an NBA Coach of the Month. Previous honors were with the Atlanta Hawks (January 1986) and twice with the Cleveland Cavaliers (December 1994, December 1995).