NEW YORK, Feb. 1 –- Chicago Bulls head coach Scott Skiles and Memphis Grizzlies head coach Mike Fratello today were named the Eastern and Western Conference Coaches of the Month for games played in January.


Skiles

Fratello
Skiles led the young Bulls team to a 13-3 month, recording the most wins in a single month by a Bulls team since the 1997-98 season. From December 4 until January 25, Chicago held 26 straight opponents to under 100 points, the longest streak in the NBA this season and tied for the sixth longest since the inception of the 24-second shot clock in 1954. Their defense held opponents to a league-high 39.5% from the field and 88.6 points per game (4th in the league) this month.

Fratello, in his second month as head coach of the Grizzlies, led the team to a 12-3 record, going a league-best 6-2 on the road and setting a new franchise record for the most wins in January. For the month of January, Memphis ranks first in scoring differential (9.2) and fourth in field goal percentage (47.1%), while holding opponents to 87.0 points per game (2nd in league) and 42.0% shooting (2nd in league). Using 16 different starting line-ups this season due to various player injuries, the Grizzlies started the month of January two games below .500 (15-17) and finished six games above .500 (26-20).

Other nominees for the Coach of the Month award were Detroit’s Larry Brown, Sacramento’s Rick Adelman, San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich and Washington’s Eddie Jordan.