NBA COACHING GREAT CHUCK DALY DIES

COACH CHUCK DALY

COACH CHUCK DALY

by Jose Antonio A. Conde

Basketball coaching great Chuck Daly died Saturday morning in Jupiter, Florida. He was 78.

He died because of pancreatic cancer, in which he lost battle. Apparently, all present NBA coaches, even assistants, wore a commemorative pin, which had the initials CD. Daly, who was one of the greatest coaches in NBA history, won back-to-back titles with the Pistons from 1989 until 1990. Also, he was the first professional coach to win a gold medal, thanks to the 1992 USA Dream Team, which had Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan. He popularized the “Jordan Rules” strategy, which became one of Michael Jordan’s biggest challenges.

He also had stints with Orlando Magic, New Jersey Nets, and Cleveland Cavaliers. Later, he became an executive with the Memphis Grizzlies. His #2 jersey is retired by the Pistons, the #2 stands for the number of NBA titles he won. His overall record in the NBA is 638-437 for regular season, and 76-51 for the regular season.

He was one kind of an excellent coach, like Phil Jackson and the great Red Auerbach (+). Condolences to him and his family. What a sad bay in Basketball today.

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