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Chuck Daly Biography

Moving Through The Ranks, Turning Around The Detroit Pistons, Olympic Victory And Retirement, Chronology


American basketball coach

Charles J. "Chuck" Daly is the only coach in the Basketball Hall of Fame to win both an Olympic gold medal and a National Basketball Association (NBA) championship. Lauded as a player's coach, Daly worked his way up from college player to high school coach to college coach, then moved on to coach NBA teams. He is perhaps best known for his work with the Detroit Pistons, which he led to nine straight winning seasons. His career successes and ability to meld diverse players into a successful team landed him the job of coach of basketball's Dream Team for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. During his 30 years of coaching, he was known as one of the most respected coaches in the NBA.

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