R.I.P Chuck Daly

 

One of the best basketball coaches of all time.....

One of the best basketball coaches of all time.....

When I think of Chuck Daly, the Hall of Fame basketball coach who lost his battle with pancreatic cancer this morning at age 78, the first thing that comes to mind is the suits……the man was a men’s fashion and style icon, patrolling the NBA sidelines.  His sharp manner of dress forced all coaches in the league to step their games up, most notably Pat Riley, who had no choice but make some changes to his wardrobe once he had to share a sideline with Daly on television.  Clothing aside, there was no other coach on the planet that could have tamed the massive amount of egos that had to fill the room when the Dream Team was assembled, but Daly did it and the resulting romp through the Olympic tournament was a testament to his skills.  He won the NBA title twice with the Bad Boys of the Detroit Pistons and even when he wasn’t actually coaching a team, his broadcasting skills were comparable to John Madden’s in football.  He had long left the game he loved as an active participant, but his influence was on full display as late as this year, when the current crop of NBA coaches and assistants took to wearing a lapel pin with Daly’s initials on it, dedicating this year’s playoffs to him.  All and all, he was a coaching icon whose abilities placed his name among the all time greats in coaching.  Today is a sad day, indeed…..rest in peace, Mr. Daly.

 

The best team ever assembled and the man in the middle that made it possible.

The best team ever assembled and the man in the middle that made it possible.

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~ by darrylthewriter on May 9, 2009.

2 Responses to “R.I.P Chuck Daly”

  1. I was at this Olympics. I was 11 years old. Wow, what a team.

    • Thanks for your comment……that must be a nice memory to have, that is the best team ever fielded, in my book……the closest I could get to that is being 10 years old and my dad taking me to game 6 of the NBA Finals between Philly and LA…..the game where Magic cemented his legend.

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