Thibodeau, Karl claim NBA Coach of the Month honors

The Chicago Bulls' Tom Thibodeau and George Karl of the Denver Nuggets have been named the NBA's Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month, respectively, for January.

Thibodeau garnered the award after leading the Bulls to a 12-4 record in January, the best mark in the East for the month. Chicago also topped both of the conference's top two teams on the road during that stretch, posting a 96-89 win at Miami on Jan. 4 and a 108-101 over New York on Jan. 11.

The Nuggets went 12-3 in January under Karl's direction, which matched San Antonio for the West's best winning percentage during the month, and are currently riding a five-game winning streak. The veteran coach also picked up his 1,100th career victory in Denver's 105-95 verdict over Houston on Jan. 23.

Other nominees for the award included Brooklyn's P.J. Carlesimo, Milwaukee's Jim Boylan, New Orleans' Monty Williams and Oklahoma City's Scott Brooks.