Douglas Edwin Moe is an American former professional basketball player and coach. As a head coach with the Denver Nuggets in the National Basketball Association, he was named the NBA Coach of the Year in 1988. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Moe was a star player at the University of North Carolina where he was a two-time All-American. However, his collegiate career ended in controversy when he admitted to being associated with a point shaving scandal. Moe received $75 from fix conspirator Aaron Wagman to fly to a meeting in New Jersey, arranged by Moe's friend conspirator Lou Brown, but Moe turned down an offer to throw games. There is no evidence that Moe was involved in a fix conspiracy, but his ties to the scandal blemished his reputation, he was selected in the NBA draft in 1960 by the Detroit Pistons and again in 1961 with the Chicago Packers, but began his pro career in the top level Italian league, with the Pallacanestro Petrarca Padova, in the American Basketball Association with the New Orleans Buccaneers, Oakland Oaks, Washington Caps, Carolina Cougars and Virginia Squires.
He garnered ABA All-Star honors three times in an injury-shortened five-year professional playing career. Moe became a head coach in 1976–77, after serving as an assistant coach for the Carolina Cougars. Moe worked behind the bench for ten of them with the Denver Nuggets, he had stops in San Antonio and Philadelphia. Moe began his coaching career with the Carolina Cougars in the ABA as an assistant coach to his UNC teammate Larry Brown from 1972 to 1974, he followed Brown to Denver, where they coached the Nuggets from 1974 to 1976. During those two seasons, the Nuggets were 125–43, they lost to the New York Nets in six games. After the ABA–NBA merger in 1976, Moe served as a head coach for the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons, leading them to a conference finals appearance in 1979, he returned to Denver in 1980 to take over the head coaching reins from another UNC alum, Donnie Walsh. From 1980 to 1990, Moe compiled a 432–357 record and led the Nuggets to the postseason nine-straight years—advancing as far as the Western Conference Finals in 1985.
He guided the Nuggets to two Midwest Division titles and a franchise-record 54 wins in 1987–88. He was named NBA Coach of the Year that same year. Under Moe's direction, the Nuggets high-octane offense led the league in scoring in six of his 10 seasons in Denver, he is honored by the Nuggets with a banner that reads "432" for his number of wins as a Nuggets' head coach. Moe served an unsuccessful stint as a head coach for the Philadelphia 76ers, with his son David Moe as an assistant coach. In 1979, he led the Spurs to the conference finals, his overall NBA head coaching ledger stands at 628–529 and his wins are the 19th-most in NBA history, though he is not in the Hall of Fame. Moe used a run-and-gun offense, he ran no plays, instead relying on ball movement and constant cuts to the basket. Players were not to hold onto the ball for longer than two seconds; the movement of the ball was predicated on. "You can't diagram it, you can't put a paper to it. If you do, you're doing an injustice to the system", said former Nuggets assistant Allan Bristow.
Moe said, "The passing game is doing whatever the hell you want."Moe's passing strategy was adopted from North Carolina head coach Dean Smith. Smith a conservative coach, thought that the passing game could work with the right players, but he did not believe players would be smart enough to execute it at all times. Though his offensive strategy led to high scores, Moe's Denver teams were never adept at running fast breaks, his teams at times appeared to give up baskets in order to get one. He disputed the fact that his teams did not play defense, attributing the high scores to the pace of the game. "One of the biggest disappointments in my life was going into the NBA after the merger. The NBA was a rinky-dink league—listen, I'm serious about this; the league was run like garbage. There was no camaraderie; the NBA All-Star Games were nothing—guys didn't want to play in them and the fans could care less about the games. It wasn't until the 1980s, when David Stern became commissioner, that the NBA figured out what the hell they were doing, what they did was a lot of stuff we had in the ABA—from the 3-point shot to All-Star weekend to the show biz stuff.
Now the NBA is like the old ABA. Guys play there is a closeness in the league. Hell, the ABA might have lost the battle; the NBA now plays our kind of basketball." National Basketball Association portal Basketball-Reference.com: Doug Moe Basketball-Reference.com: Doug Moe
Joseph Tait is an American retired sports broadcaster, who called the radio play by play for the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA and both TV and radio for the Cleveland Indians of Major League Baseball. With the exception of two seasons in the early 1980s and illness during his final season, he was the Cavaliers' radio announcer from the team's inception in 1970 through the 2010-11 season, he won the Basketball Hall of Fame 2010 Curt Gowdy Media Award. Tait was born in Illinois, he attended Monmouth College in western Illinois. He did various jobs, including play-by-play on a local radio station in Monmouth, sports reports, operations manager, he graduated in 1959. After college, Tait spent three years in the United States Army Security Agency. After the Army, Tait bounced around, spending time in Illinois. From 1966 to 1968 he was the official voice of the Ohio Bobcats, served as sports director for WOUB, taught sportscasting at the Athens institution, he next served as the network voice of Indiana University football, was the pre-game host for the Indiana Pacers in 1969.
In 1970, Tait began his longtime association with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who were in their first year of existence. The games were broadcast on WERE for the first two years. After then-owner Nick Mileti, who owned the Cleveland Indians, bought Cleveland's most powerful radio station, WWWE in 1972, he moved both teams' radio broadcasts to WWWE. Tait was the radio announcer for the Indians from 1973 through 1979 along with Herb Score, their TV announcer with a variety of partners from 1980 through 1987. However, prior to the 1980-1981 season, new controversial Cavs' team owner Ted Stepien had a disagreement with WWWE; the station gave the broadcasting rights back to Stepien. Yet, many Cleveland fans mistakenly believe. In the interim, Tait was the radio announcer for the New Jersey Nets for the 1981-1982 season; the following year, he switched to television, calling play-by-play Chicago Bulls games on SportsVision, the team's cable-TV station. He broadcast the CBS Radio College Game-of-the-Week.
When new owners Gordon and George Gund III bought the team, Tait returned to the Cavaliers for the 1983-1984 season, remained until his retirement in 2011. In 1987, he was named vice president of a job that he held until his retirement. For fifteen seasons, Tait was a play by play voice for the Cleveland Indians. In 1992, he was inducted into the Radio/Television Broadcasters Hall of Fame of Ohio. From 1997 to 2004, Tait served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Women's National Basketball Association Cleveland Rockers. In 2004, Tait was selected as a founding member of the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame. Beginning in 2008, Tait has done play by play for the Mount Union College Purple Raiders, a Division III college football team, on regional cable-TV sports network SportsTime Ohio, he is on the school's board of trustees. He calls high school basketball games for WEOL-AM 930. On March 26, 2008, Tait announced his 3000th game for the Cavaliers, against the New Orleans Hornets, where he sat at half court.
The radio broadcast location at The Q, at section C126, has been forever renamed The Joe Tait Perch in honor of this achievement. In November 2008, Tait signed a two-year contract extension, ensuring that he would be the team's radio voice until at least the 2010-11 season. However, he has a lifetime agreement with the team to serve in some capacity. In May 2010, the Basketball Hall of Fame announced that Tait would receive the 2010 Curt Gowdy Media Award, presented on August 12–13, 2010. On May 17, 2010, WTAM announced that he would retire from broadcasting at the end of the 2011 season. During the 2010 preseason, Tait was hospitalized with pneumonia, further testing showed he needed heart surgery; this would cause Tait to miss the most of the 2010-2011 season. Mike Snyder and Jim Chones were announced as the interim radio team during Tait's recovery. On March 25, 2011 it was announced that Tait would return to call the remaining home games of the season. On April 8, 2011, in a game against the Chicago Bulls, the Cavaliers honored Tait by having Joe Tait Appreciation Night and by raising a "commemorative banner" with Tait's name, his years as a Cavaliers broadcaster and a microphone next to the other Cavalier retired numbers.
Tait's final game was the April 2011 contest between the Cavaliers and Washington Wizards. The Cavaliers sent Tait out as a winner, defeating Washington 100-93; as the final minute played out, Frank Sinatra's "My Way" played throughout the arena as cameras focused on his last call as a Cavalier broadcaster. In 2011 Tait co-authored his memoir, Joe Tait: It's Been a Real Ball with sports writer Terry Pluto; the book covers his early years in broadcasting, his time with covering the Cleveland Indians and his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "It's basketball time at the Cleveland Arena/Coliseum/Gund/Q!" - opening for Cavs home games "Wham with a right/left hand!" - for a Cavs slam dunk. "To the line, to the lane..." - when a Cavs player drives the lane for a basket "3-ball" - a three-point shot "Sights it, shoots it, got it." - for free throw attempts "This is Joe Tait. Have a good night everybody!" - what he ended every broadcast with "It's a beautiful day/night for baseball!" - what he started every baseball game with Tait married his first wife in 1963.
They were married 18 years and had three children, Christina and Joe. In 1983, he married Jean, he and Jean reside in Medina County, Ohio. Eight-time NSSA O
Robert P. Ryan is an American sportswriter for The Boston Globe, he has been described as "the quintessential American sportswriter" and a basketball guru and is well known for his coverage of the sport including his famous stories covering the Boston Celtics in the 1970s. After graduating from Boston College, Ryan started as a sports intern for the Globe on the same day as Peter Gammons, worked with other Globe sports writing legends Will McDonough and Leigh Montville. Ryan announced in early 2012 his retirement from sports writing after 44 years once the 2012 Olympic Games concluded, his final column in The Boston Globe was published August 12, 2012. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Ryan grew up in a house, "that revolved around going to games" and went to high school at the Lawrenceville School from 1960 to 1964, he graduated from Boston College as a history major in 1968. Ryan and his wife Elaine have a daughter Jessica, a son Keith who died in 2008, they are grandparents of triplets. They have been married since 1969.
Today, Ryan lives in Massachusetts. The dedication page in Forty Eight Minutes, one of Ryan's books, says, "To Elaine Ryan: In the next life, maybe you'll get a nine-to-five man who makes seven figures." Ryan has done humanitarian fundraisers for years to help inner-city teenagers with their educations. On January 28, 2008 his 37-year-old son, was found dead in his home in Islamabad, Pakistan. Initial reports indicated. A State Department spokesperson would only say. Bob Ryan released the following statement: "Everyone is devastated. I am well aware of these reports and we are concerned about that. We have no reason at this time to doubt the official version". Keith had been working in Pakistan since December 2006 as an attache for the U. S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Keith was a 1988 graduate of Hingham High School, Trinity College, the London School of Economics and Boston College Law School, he had worked for the U. S. Border Patrol, LAPD and the Immigration and Naturalization Service, where he was assigned to the violent gang task force.
Keith was married to Kate and had three children, Conor and Amelia, who live in Silver Spring, Maryland. In the fall of 1969 a vacancy on the Globe's Celtics beat was created, Ryan got the job. While covering the Celtics, Ryan developed a close relationship with the Celtics organization. Ryan would go out to dinner with the team. Ryan sat at the press table 8 seats from the Celtics' bench, where colleagues referred to him as the "Commissioner", not unlike Peter Gammons's nickname. Boston Sports Media critic Bruce Allen has said, "His passion is not faked."One night Hue Hollins, the referee, went to the press table to explain a call to Ryan during a time-out though he was not obligated to. Another time Ryan wrote a column about the Washington Bullets' Rick Mahorn and how he played dirty under the hoop; when Mahorn was called for a foul Gene Shue, the Bullets' coach, turned around and said, "That's your fault, Bob Ryan, your fault!" Dennis Johnson was annoyed with Ryan and would go up to the press table and say, "Hey, keep it down.
We got a game going on here". From Ryan's first column on Larry Bird headlined "Celtics draft Bird for oh what a future" to his last "Larry! Larry! Larry!" Ryan was always a fan of his and co-authored a book with him. In Tom Heinsohn's book Give'em the Hook, Heinsohn is negative towards Ryan. Ryan, who began writing for the Globe in Heinsohn's rookie season as a coach, would make friends with the players and vent their feelings towards Heinsohn, their fans, their teammates, claims Heinsohn. Heinsohn didn't like. Heinsohn believes that Ryan started to "think of himself as another member of the family" and that he started coaching the team through his beat stories. Heinsohn goes on to talk about Ryan's bloated ego and the fact that he was thinking of himself as a basketball guru. Heinsohn says while noting disapproval of Ryan that at the time anyone who lived in Boston and remotely followed basketball read Bob Ryan. In recent years Ryan has been less critical of Celtics coaches, including Doc Rivers, of whom he said, "I'm a Doc guy."
In 1982 Ryan would hand the torch of the Globe Celtics beat to then-not well known Dan Shaughnessy, Jackie MacMullan. He did this. Ryan ended up hating it and moved back to the Celtics beat in 1984 for two more seasons before getting promoted to general sports columnist in 1989. Ryan would cover 20 NBA finals, 20 Final Fours, nine World Series, five Super Bowls, the last seven Olympics and many other events. In recent times Ryan has become more general sports-oriented, he continues to write for Basketball Times. Ryan votes for the Baseball Hall of Fame. National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association National Sportswriter of the Year four times. College Basketball Writers and New England Basketball Halls of Fame. 1996 Curt Gowdy Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame 2000 Associated Press "National Sportswriter of the Year" 2006 Dick Schaap Award for Outstanding Journalism 2015 PEN/ESPN Lifetime Achievement Award for Literary Sports Writing At 60, Ryan wanted his retirement from the job to be graceful: "I'm not bitter.
I enjoy my job and I still think I do it well, but they are chipping away, chipping away and they are making it far less pleasurable. I want to get out. If you stay aroun
Charles Eugene "Pat" Boone is an American singer, actor, television personality, motivational speaker, spokesman. He was a successful pop singer in the United States during early 1960s, he sold more than 45 million records, had 38 top-40 hits, appeared in more than 12 Hollywood films. According to Billboard, Boone was the second-biggest charting artist of the late 1950s, behind only Elvis Presley, was ranked at No. 9 in its listing of the Top 100 Top 40 Artists 1955–1995. Until the 2010s, Boone held the Billboard record for spending 220 consecutive weeks on the charts with one or more songs each week. At the age of 23, he began hosting a half-hour ABC variety television series, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom, which aired for 115 episodes. Many musical performers, including Edie Adams, Andy Williams, Pearl Bailey, Johnny Mathis, made appearances on the show, his cover versions of rhythm and blues hits had a noticeable effect on the development of the broad popularity of rock and roll. Elvis Presley was the opening act for a 1955 Pat Boone show in Ohio.
As an author, Boone had a number-one bestseller in the 1950s. In the 1960s, he is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, he continues to perform and speak as a motivational speaker, a television personality, a conservative political commentator. Boone was born on June 1, 1934, in Jacksonville, the son of Margaret Virginia and Archie Altman Boone, he was raised in Nashville, where his family moved when he was two years old. Boone graduated in 1952 from David Lipscomb High School in Nashville, his younger brother, whose professional name is Nick Todd, was a pop singer in the 1950s and is now a church music leader. In a 2007 interview on The 700 Club, Boone claimed that he is the great-great-great-great grandson of the American pioneer Daniel Boone, he is a cousin of two stars of Western television series: Richard Boone of CBS's Have Gun – Will Travel and Randy Boone, of NBC's The Virginian and CBS's Cimarron Strip. In November 1953, when he was 19 years old, Boone married Chicago-born Tennesseean Shirley Lee Foley 19 years old, daughter of country music great Red Foley and his wife, singer Judy Martin.
They had four daughters: Cheryl "Cherry” Lynn, Linda “Lindy” Lee, Deborah "Debby” Ann, Laura “Laury” Gene. Starting in the late 1950s, Boone and his family were residents of New Jersey. Shirley Boone was television personality than her husband, she founded a hunger-relief Christian ministry, Mercy Corps. She died in 2019, aged 84, at her Beverly Hills home from complications from vasculitis, which she had contracted less than a year earlier, he attended David Lipscomb College, Lipscomb University in Nashville. He graduated in 1958 from Columbia University School of General Studies magna cum laude having attended North Texas State University, now known as the University of North Texas, in Denton, Texas. Boone began his career by performing in Nashville's Centennial Park, he began recording in 1954 for Republic Records, by 1955, for Dot Records. His 1955 version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" was a hit; this set the stage for the early part of Boone's career, which focused on covering R&B songs by black artists for a white American market.
Randy Wood, the owner of Dot, had issued an R&B single by the Griffin Brothers in 1951 called "Tra La La-a"—a different song from the LaVern Baker one—and he was keen to put out another version after the original had failed. This became the B side of the first Boone single "Two Hearts Two Kisses" by the Charms – whose "Hearts Of Stone" had been covered by the label's Fontane Sisters. Once the Boone version was in the shops, it spawned more covers by the Crew-Cuts, Doris Day, Frank Sinatra. A number-one single in 1956 by Boone was a second cover and a revival of a seven-year-old song "I Almost Lost My Mind", by Ivory Joe Hunter, covered by another black star, Nat King Cole. According to an opinion poll of high-school students in 1957, the singer was nearly the "two-to-one favorite over Elvis Presley among boys and preferred three-to-one by girls..." During the late 1950s, he made regular appearances on ABC-TV's Ozark Jubilee, hosted by his father-in-law. He cultivated a safe, advertiser-friendly image that won him a long-term product endorsement contract from General Motors during the late 1950s, lasting through the 1960s.
He succeeded Dinah Shore singing the praises of the GM product: "See the USA in your Chevrolet... drive your Chevrolet through the USA, America's the greatest land of all!" GM had sponsored The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. In the 1989 documentary Roger & Me, Boone stated that he first was given a Chevrolet Corvette from the GM product line, but after his wife and he started having children, at one child a year over five years, GM supplied him with a station wagon, as well. Many of Boone's hit singles were covers of hits from black R&B artists; these included: "Ain't That a Shame" by Fats Domino. Boone wrote the lyrics for the instrumental theme song for the movie Exodus, which he titled "This Land Is Mine"; as a conservative Christian, Boone declined certain songs and movie roles that he felt might compromise his beliefs—inc
George Lawrence Mikan Jr. nicknamed Mr. Basketball, was an American professional basketball player for the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League and the Minneapolis Lakers of the NBL, the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball Association. Invariably playing with thick, round spectacles, the 6 ft 10 in, 245 pounds Mikan is seen as one of the pioneers of professional basketball, redefining it as a game of so-called big men with his prolific rebounding, shot blocking, his talent to shoot over smaller defenders with his ambidextrous hook shot, the result of his namesake Mikan Drill, he utilized the underhanded free-throw shooting technique long before Rick Barry made it his signature shot. Mikan had a successful playing career, winning seven NBL, BAA, NBA championships, an NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy, three scoring titles, he was a member of the first four NBA All-Star games, the first six All-BAA and All-NBA Teams. Mikan was so dominant that he caused several rule changes in the NBA: among them, the introduction of the goaltending rule, the widening of the foul lane—known as the "Mikan Rule"—and the creation of the shot clock.
After his playing career, Mikan became one of the founders of the American Basketball Association, serving as commissioner of the league. He was vital for the forming of the Minnesota Timberwolves. In his years, Mikan was involved in a long-standing legal battle against the NBA, fighting to increase the meager pensions for players who had retired before the league became lucrative. In 2005, Mikan died after a long battle with diabetes. For his accomplishments, Mikan was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959, made the 25th and 35th NBA Anniversary Teams of 1970 and 1980, was elected one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1996. Since April 2001, a statue of Mikan shooting his trademark hook shot graces the entrance of the Timberwolves' Target Center. George Mikan was born in Joliet and was of Croatian descent; as a boy, he shattered one of his knees so badly that he was kept in bed for a half. In 1938, Mikan attended the Chicago Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary and wanted to be a priest, but moved back home to finish at Joliet Catholic.
Mikan did not seem destined to become an athlete. When Mikan entered Chicago's DePaul University in 1942, he stood 6' 10", weighed 245 pounds, moved awkwardly because of his frame, wore thick glasses for his near-sightedness. However, Mikan met 28-year-old rookie DePaul basketball coach Ray Meyer, who saw potential in the bright and intelligent, but clumsy and shy, freshman. Put into perspective, Meyer's thoughts were revolutionary, because at the time it was believed that tall players were too awkward to play basketball well. In the following months, Meyer transformed Mikan into a confident, aggressive player who took pride in his height rather than being ashamed of it. Meyer and Mikan worked out intensively, Mikan learned how to make hook shots with either hand; this routine would become known as the Mikan Drill. In addition, Meyer made Mikan punch a speed bag, take dancing lessons, jump rope to make him a complete athlete. Mikan dominated his peers from the start of his National Collegiate Athletic Association college games at DePaul.
He intimidated opponents with his size and strength, was unstoppable on offense with his hook shot, soon established a reputation as one of the hardest and grittiest players in the league playing through injuries and punishing opposing centers with hard fouls. In addition, Mikan surprised the basketball world with his unique ability of goaltending, i.e. jumping so high that he swatted the ball away before it could pass the hoop. In today's basketball, touching the ball after it reaches its apex is a violation, but in Mikan's time it was legal because people thought it was impossible anyone could reach that high. "We would set up a zone defense that had four men around the key and I guarded the basket", Mikan recalled his DePaul days. "When the other team took a shot, I'd just go up and tap it out." As a consequence, the NCAA and the NBA, outlawed goaltending. Bob Kurland, a seven-footer from Oklahoma A&M, was one of the few opposing centers to have any success against Mikan. Mikan was named the Helms NCAA College Player of the Year in 1944 and 1945 and was an All-American three times.
In 1945, he led DePaul to the NIT title. Mikan led the nation in scoring with 23.9 points per game in 1944–45 and 23.1 in 1945–46. When DePaul won the 1945 National Invitation Tournament, Mikan was named Most Valuable Player for scoring 120 points in three games, including 53 points in a 97–53 win over Rhode Island. After the end of the 1945–46 college season, Mikan signed with the Chicago American Gears of the National Basketball League, a predecessor of the modern NBA, he played with them for 25 games at the end of the 1946–47 NBL season, scoring 16.5 points per game as a rookie. Mikan led the Gears to the championship of the World Basketball Tournament, where he was elected Most Valuable Player after scoring 100 points in five games, voted into the All-NBL Team. However, before the start of the 1947–48 NBL season, Maurice White, the president of the American Gear Company and the owner of the American Gears NBL team, pulled the team out of the league. White planned to create a 24-team league called the Professional Basketball League of America, in which he owned all the teams and arenas.
However, the league folded after just a month, the players of White's teams were distribu
Leonard Randolph Wilkens is an American former basketball player and coach in the National Basketball Association. He has been inducted three times into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, first in 1989 as a player, as a coach in 1998, in 2010 as part of the 1992 United States Olympic "Dream Team", for which he was an assistant coach, he is a 2006 inductee into the College Basketball Hall of Fame. Wilkens was a combined 13-time NBA All-Star as a player and as a head coach, was the 1993 NBA Coach of the Year, won the 1979 NBA Championship as the head coach of the Seattle SuperSonics, an Olympic gold medal as the head coach of the 1996 U. S. men's basketball team. During the 1994–95 season, Wilkens set the record for most coaching wins in NBA history, a record he held when he retired with 1,332 victories. Wilkens is now second on the list behind Don Nelson, who broke it in 2010, he won the Chuck Daly Lifetime Achievement Award for the 2010–11 NBA season. Wilkens is the most prolific coach in NBA history, at 2,487 regular season games, 89 more games than Nelson, over 400 more than any other coach, has more losses than any other coach in NBA history, at 1,155.
Wilkens grew up in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. His father was African his mother was Irish American. Wilkens was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. At Boys High School, Wilkens was a basketball teammate of longtime Major League Baseball star Tommy Davis. Wilkens was a two-time All-American at Providence College, he led the team to their first NIT appearance in 1959, to the NIT finals in 1960. When he graduated, Wilkens was, with 1,193 points, the second-ranked scorer in Friar history. In 1996, Wilkens' No. 14 jersey was retired by the college, the first alumnus to receive such an honor. In honor of his collegiate accomplishments, Wilkens was one of the inaugural inductees into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006. Wilkens was drafted sixth overall by the St. Louis Hawks in the 1960 NBA draft, he began his career with eight seasons with the St. Louis Hawks, who lost the finals to the Boston Celtics in his rookie season; the Hawks made the playoffs with Wilkens but never again reached the finals.
Wilkens placed second to Wilt Chamberlain in the 1967 -- his last with the Hawks. Wilkens was spent four seasons there, he averaged 22.4 points, 6.2 rebounds, 8.2 assists per game in his first season for the SuperSonics, was an All-Star in three of his seasons for them. He was named head coach in his second season with the team. Although the SuperSonics did not reach the playoffs while Wilkens coached and started at point guard, their record improved each season and they won 47 games during the 1971–72 NBA season. Wilkens was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers before the start of the next season in a unpopular trade, the SuperSonics fell to 26-56 without his leadership on the court. Wilkens ended his career spending two seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers and one with the Portland Trail Blazers. Wilkens scored 17,772 points during the regular season, was a nine-time NBA All-Star, was named the 1971 NBA All-Star Game MVP in 1971. With Seattle, he led the league in assists in the 1969–70 season, at the time of his retirement was the NBA's second all-time leader in that category, behind only Oscar Robertson.
From 1969 to 1972 with Seattle, in his one season as a player with Portland, he was a player-coach. He retired from playing in 1975 and was the full-time coach of the Trail Blazers for one more season. After a season off from coaching, he again became coach of the SuperSonics when he replaced Bob Hopkins, fired 22 games into the 1977–78 season after a dismal 5-17 start; the SuperSonics won 11 of their first 12 games under Wilkens and made the playoffs in back-to-back years, losing in seven games to the Washington Bullets in the 1978 NBA Finals before returning to the 1979 NBA Finals and defeating the Washington Bullets in five games for their first and only NBA title. He coached in Seattle for eight seasons, winning his only NBA championship in 1979, he would go on to coach Cleveland, Atlanta and New York. The Hall of Famer was named head coach of the New York Knicks on January 15, 2004. After the Knicks' slow start to the 2004–05 season, Wilkens resigned from the team on January 22, 2005. On November 29, 2006 he was hired as vice chairman of the Seattle SuperSonics' ownership group, was named the Sonics' President of Basketball Operations on April 27, 2007.
On July 6, 2007 Wilkens resigned from the Sonics organization. Wilkens is seen on Northwest FSN Studio as a College Hoops analyst and appears on College Hoops Northwest at game nights, he is the founder of the Lenny Wilkens Foundation for lives in Medina, Washington. "I learned my basketball on the playgrounds of Brooklyn. Today, being a playground player is an insult, it means all you want to do is go one-on-one, it means your fundamentals stink and you don't understand the game. But the playgrounds I knew were tremendous training grounds." "Show people how to have success and you can push their expectations up." List of National Basketball Association career free throw scoring leaders List of National Basketball Association career assists leaders List of National Basketball Association career minutes played leaders List of National Basketball Association players with most assists in a game Lenny Wilkens at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Lenny Wilkens at t
Mack Calvin is an American former basketball player. Calvin was born in Fort Worth and attended Long Beach Poly in California. A 6'0" point guard from Long Beach City College and the University of Southern California, Calvin was a 14th-round draft pick of the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers in 1969. In his final college season and his Trojans defeated the UCLA Bruins, 46–44, in Pauley Pavilion, ending the Bruins' 41 consecutive game winning streak, 45 in a row in Pacific-8 Conference play wins, 17 in a row over USC; the victory ended UCLA's 51 victories in Pauley Pavilion. He played seven seasons in the now-defunct American Basketball Association and four seasons in the National Basketball Association. Calvin began his professional career with the ABA's Los Angeles Stars, averaging 16.8 points per game in his first season to make the ABA All-Rookie Team. The following season, he averaged a career-high 27.2 points for The Floridians, in the process setting the ABA records for most free throws made and most free throws attempted in one season.
Calvin played for the ABA's Carolina Cougars, Denver Nuggets, Virginia Squires before the ABA–NBA merger in 1976. He briefly coached the Squires during the 1975–1976 season. During his ABA career, he tallied 3,067 assists and appeared in 5 All-Star games. Calvin saw a sharp decline in playing time, he was able to match the same level of production per minute he reached while in the ABA, though. He spent his four seasons in the NBA with five teams—the Lakers, the San Antonio Spurs, the Denver Nuggets, the Utah Jazz, the Cleveland Cavaliers—before retiring in 1981 with an NBA career scoring-average of 7.0 points per game. He coached Virginia Squires in the ABA for six games and Los Angeles Clippers in the NBA. Career statistics and player information from Basketball-Reference.com